Pasos for Oak Cliff, a non-profit, is set up by Jesse Acosta, a high school teacher, and Alejandra Zendejas, a math tutor. We both consider ourselves sneakerheads.
As sneakerhead educators and members of the community, we are fully aware that parents and guardians struggle to supply some basic necessities for their children - this is especially true when it comes to shoes.
As a result, we decided to turn our LOVE for sneakers into a proactive start up - Pasos for Oak Cliff. The goal of Pasos for Oak Cliff is to give students new shoes. The lack of good quality shoes leads to discomfort, ridicule, bullying, and isolation. We can prevent that from happening, but we cannot do it alone, we need YOUR SUPPORT.
Juan R. Olivo
Juan R. Olivo was born in Dallas and raised in the Old East Dallas neighborhood of the city. A Skyline High School graduate, Juan graduated El Centro College’s paralegal studies program and is in his final semester at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since October of 2019, he’s served as Mayor Johnson’s appointee to the Community Police Oversight Board. He holds a firm belief that it’s critical to meet the basic needs of students; and Pasos for Oak Cliff strides to fulfill these needs.
Q: What are is your favorite pair of shoes?
“Air Forces were the shoes to have growing up. I remember watching Nelly’s music video to “Air Force Ones” and would beg my mom to buy a pair as a kid. It’s simply a classic shoe that doesn’t go out of style, no matter the color way.” - Juan O.