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Luis Santana
Executive Director
Reading and Beyond

Luis Santana arrived in Fresno in 1999, a long way from his childhood home in Brazil. He had a master's degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento and $20,000 in seed money. He also had a fierce belief - shaped by his work with street kids in Brazil and Colombia - that a child's path toward a brighter future was paved with books.

News of Interest

Year: 2014

  • Reading and Beyond, in partnership with the Fresno Housing Authority, won a two-year $200,000 Fresno Regional Foundation High Impact Grant arlier this year. The funds support K-3 literacy programs at five locations, including Mosqueda, Parc Grove Commons, Villa Del Mar, Fairview Heights, and Granada Commons.

Year: 2007

  • Executive Director Luis Santana is awarded a “Portraits Of Success” award by the local media (KSEE-24) for his impact on the community through Reading And Beyond.

  • Executive Director Luis Santana is awarded a “Local Hero” Award, by Union Bank and Valley Public Television for the organization’s impact on the community