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Meet Sarahi Perez of Poderosa Podcast in Northeast Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarahi Perez.

Sarahi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Being contacted to do this article is extremely humbling and exciting because there is nothing I want more than to continue to highlight the amazing women that have been featured on the podcast. Poderosa Podcast began because I wanted to provide a platform for the women in our communities whom do amazing things day in and day out without expecting recognition. Community is part of my life and most of my childhood memories involve helping others in different ways. Growing up, my parents always provided a space for family and friends transitioning into the U.S. My parents have continuously instilled in me that helping others is what you do and never expect anything in return. Other examples include teachers I was blessed to cross paths with. I remember winning 3rd place for entering my art in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) contest and helping my 7th grade history teacher write a proposition to create a “Gun Buy Back Program” for EL Sereno, (we even presented it at City Hall, pretty fancy, right.) My paternal grandmother is 84 years old and continues to help families that have endured lived experiences of alcoholism. These bits of examples and pieces have molded the person I am today and the birth of Poderosa Podcast had been a long time coming.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Are you ready for this cliche response. My largest obstacle is time. My next goal in life is to make a clone machine accessible for everyday use. I am a mother of a  nine year old and three year old. Both my kids have schedules more hectic than most adults. My daughter attends school and has a full music schedule because she plays the guitar, Latin drums, she’s part of a Latin ensemble and musical theater. My son was diagnosed with autism and has school, behavior therapies, speech therapies, occupational therapies, and floor time. On top of everything, I’ve tried to have a stable career in Behavior Support. But, regardless of how hectic my life is, I still need community. Now that the podcast is growing and the nominations are growing making myself available for these amazing women who also handle many things in their lives can be an issue because their availability is very limited. Luckily, most of our Poderosas are amazing at setting a time and following through with meeting up to record their stories.

Please tell us about Poderosa Podcast.
Poderosa Podcast is a platform where we give the spotlight to women in their communities and focus on their journey to success. Now success is very individual and unique and the focus of the podcast is to capture individuality and highlight women who do not usually receive the recognition. The podcast is a platform for women entrepreneurs, women in their respective fields, and women with community leader roles to document their stories.

The best experience as the host and social media manager, has been the opportunity to meet so many amazing women, document their stories, and to highlight each and everyone one of them everyday for a week. Each episode is posted for an entire week and during those seven days, we post pictures, videos, and content related to the Poderosa of the week as a way to draw attention to the work they do.

Since the start of the podcast, we’ve done things a bit different by providing a nomination form on our website to allow people to nominate powerful women in their lives. The idea came one day after I reached out to women in my life that I considered Poderosas. I remember reactions of humility, honor, and noteworthiness. When people in your life acknowledge your dedication and determination to make positive change, that does something to these amazing women. We are extremely happy to be that platform for women in our community and we are open to capturing everyone’s story because all these amazing women are truly what make our everyday run smoothly. There is truly no story too big or too small.

On the podcast’s social platforms, all our images are in black and white. During a Children’s art course I took in college many years ago, I learned that black is the absence of all color while white represents all colors. This level of simplicity yet dramatized colored scheme helps me represent our Poderosas. I enjoy that the photo allows you to focus on our women and not the color of her hair or her clothing, simply her face and how beautiful they are.

What were you like growing up?
I am the youngest of six girls in the family.  I learned quickly how to stand up for myself. It was a defense mechanism that followed me all through college. I portrayed a tough, get in your face basketball player that refused to wear thong sandals because painting my toenails was too girly.  I have a few relationships that I have maintained throughout the years since high school. The Poderosa Ppodcast provides such an opposite experience and allows me to be vulnerable, open-minded, and open to growth.

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Photos taken by Sarahi Perez

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