Renato came to San Diego to join Access Youth Academy in May of 2007 after previously serving as Assistant Coach at Harvard University and USC. Originally from Brazil, Paiva competed as Brazilian Junior Champion and a top junior in South America. He represented his home country on the national team as its captain, and graduated from Ruy Barbosa University with a business degree.
In 2010, Paiva was named Development Coach of the Year by U.S. Squash, and was honored as 2011 Coach of the Year by the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports in Washington, DC. He has overseen the development of squash on the West Coast, serving as California Junior Squash Team Coach, winning five consecutive urban squash team titles and leading the only urban squash squad to compete in the prestigious U.S. High School Squash Nationals at Yale University, obtaining the #11th ranking in the nation (Access Youth Academy in 2011 and 2012).
Danielle joined Access Youth Academy in August 2016. She came to us from SeaWorld San Diego where she was a performer and show producer for SeaWorld’s animal shows including Shamu, and the Dolphin, Sea Lion, and Otter venues. She also produced for park wide events such as the Halloween Spooktacular, Viva la Musica, Summer Vibes and Christmas Celebration. In addition to these live events, Danielle created presentations for select marketing events and managed the shows operations team. She received her Bachelor Degree in Theater Arts from California State University, Long Beach.
During the early years of Access Youth Academy, Danielle mentored the first class of students that are now graduating from College. She is excited to return to Access in the new role of Operations Director. She will be overseeing programs, office needs and event coordination.
Soraya joined Access Youth Academy in August 2015. Born and raised in South San Diego, Soraya became the first in her family to enroll and graduate from a four-year university. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Teach For America Chicago corp to teach in Chicago’s under-served communities. Soraya taught 4th grade Bilingual education on the Northwest side of Chicago for three years before deciding to move back to San Diego.
Squash Coach & College Coordinator
Before working with Access Youth Academy as our college coordinator, Eric got a first hand experience of what it was like to be a student in the program. After 6 years of programming, Eric is now in college and working hand-in-hand with the Access Team to keep a firm connection with our college students. As a national champion, Eric and his team had the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in several tournaments along the west coast, stemming out of San Diego into the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and even further to places like Boston and New York. Eric plans on practicing the sport of squash throughout his studies and hopes that more people become aware of it so the squash community continues to grow in size.