Local Outreach

Books for a Change has partnered with some influential San Diego Students from around the county to create an advisory board focused on local outreach. Each board member shares the same passion for reading that prompted the founding of Books for a Change, as well as moves our mission forward. At each of the member's schools, there will be a Books for a Change club focused on community outreach and impact, spreading literacy throughout the city.

 The page below will be updated periodically, as every board member works to change their community and school. We are incredibly excited to begin this new part of our journey, and with the students and schools around San Diego, make a significant impact on the community.

Board Members (left to right): Yasmin Pakzad, Taylor Elias, Kaitlyn Ruso
Rancho Bernardo High School - Yasmin Pakzad

Hello, my name is Yasmin.  I'm 16 years old. I love playing tennis, running my clubs at school, and being part of Girl Scouts. I enjoy reading and writing poetry and literature all around. I'm really excited to have this opportunity to work with Bea on this incredible project! =)

Del Norte High School - Gillian Davis

Hello, my name is Gillian Davis. I am 17 years old. I am a part of the Cheerleading team and National Honor Society at Del Norte High School. Reading has been a passion of mine since I was a kid and I’m excited to further this passion as a part of this wonderful organization.

San Marcos High School - Kaitlyn Russo

Hello, I'm Kaitlyn Russo. I'm 17 years old and I'm part of AVID and Habitat for Humanity. I'm a huge bookworm and enjoy collecting books. I'm psyched to work with Bea in this incredible organization and helping young kids to learn and enjoy reading!

Poway High School - Jack Shoemaker
Mt. Carmel High School - Margo Kapp

Hi, my name is Margo. I am 16 years old. I love to read whenever I can, especially science fiction. Most of the time I can be found at the pool swimming, or at the beach having fun! I'm excited to run this club at my own school and have the chance to help out in my local community!