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Meet the AMPLIFY Team

Marissa Martinez

Program Coordinator

Marissa is a creative writer, born and raised in East San Jose, who started writing when she was 12 years old. With a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, Marissa is committed to sharing stories with and creating an inclusive community for the AMPLIFY youth.  She values the arts and education and believes that creativity is needed for everybody.

Primarily focused on playwriting, Marissa also enjoys writing spoken word poetry because both of these forms of storytelling showcase her values and experiences in an authentic, honest way. She has had the pleasure of working with Bay Area theatre companies like Bindlestiff Studio, the Playwrights’ Foundation, and TheatreWorks. In her free time, she loves going out for ice cream and petting dogs. Marissa hopes to develop storytelling and performance skills with the youth in AMPLIFY so that they may take their new skills wherever life takes them.

Tina Lu

Program Specialist

Having grown up in eastside San Jose, Tina is driven to always work with compassion and a purpose. Tina earned her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also served as a camp counselor, youth mentor, and literacy tutor for different youth programs. As one of the first participants in the AACI Betting On Our Future (BOOF) project in 2011, Tina is humbled by the opportunity to work directly with the youth in her own community.

With over six years of experience in this field, Tina is passionate about youth development and youth empowerment. Tina is determined to building a safe space for youth to thrive creatively and confidently at AMPLIFY and beyond. Tina enjoys event planning, creative lettering, and painting – which she finds to be very therapeutic. Through AMPLIFY, she hopes that the youth will learn to enjoy the process of creating art and appreciate their original artwork.


Youth can apply and join AMPLIFY at any time by filling out the online application below or by picking up a paper-copy at our office.

For more information, please contact us at (408) 975-2730 or send us an email at For specific enrollment questions, please contact Tina Lu at

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