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About Us

Meet Our Team and Learn About the History of Bayani ng Kabataan 

Our Mission

Bayani ng Kabataan (BNK) -The Filipino American Cultural and Social Justice School aims to build a K-6 school for Filipino/a/x students to have a well-rounded education in language, culture, traditional values, history, social justice, and community building.

BNK Class of 2021 in front of the Filipino Community Center in San Jose

Our Story

The original Bayani ng Kabataan (BNK) was founded during the late 90’s for the Filipino Youth Coalition’s (FYC) middle, high school, and college students. There was a huge need in our community because there were very few Filipino community schools in the entire nation. We were inspired after City Year’s Young Heroes program, Black Panther Freedom schools, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Maori cultural schools. We modeled our school and curriculum after these schools. We first started in San José with FYC's BNK Saturday community school and focused our curriculum on Philippine and Filipino American history and culture, leadership training, community advocacy, critical thinking, consciousness building, and community building. In 2021, we were able to pilot our first BNK K-6 online school.

BNK Lumpia Food Class via Zoom

Our Vision

Through a student-centered curriculum and approach, we hope to inspire our Filipina/o/x American youth to see the beauty in their culture and in themselves.  It is our hope that students through our program become motivated and empowered to become future community leaders and world changers

Meet the BNK Team

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Ann Reginio

Co-Founder & Kindergarten-1st Grade Teacher

Elementary Educator & Community Organizer 

MA in Education (Administration & Supervision) 

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Dr. Tony Santa Ana

Co-Founder & 4th-6th Grade Teacher

Instructor at De Anza College, 

Ed.D from the University of San Francisco in International/Multicultural Education

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Dr. Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano

Curriculum Advisor

Ethnic Studies Professor at Evergreen Valley College in San José, CA

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Dennis Lozano

Parent Advisor

Stay at Home Papa and Community Organizer

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Agnes Bautista

Filipino Language Advisor

Online Language Teacher at Tagalog Kids+Inc. & Founder of The Sinagtala Project

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Celeste Francisco

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Lecturer at San Francisco State University & Awareness in Action Program Instructor at L.E.A.D Filipino

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James Binauhan

Filipino Language Teacher

Awareness in Action Program Instructor at L.E.A.D Filipino & Parent to a Golden Retriever named Kai

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Anndee Navidad

Filipino Language Teacher

Music-lover, UCLA Bruin, and a life-long learner

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