PASOS FOR OAK CLIFF

Pasos al futuro. Steps to the future.

COMBATING INEQUITIES IN EDUCATION

Pasos attacks the inequities in education through various fronts.

SHOE DRIVES

At Pasos, new stylish sneakers are an opportunity to increase the confidence & academic achievement of a child.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Pasos steps up to ensure that low-income students can afford and complete higher education. 

"As a single mother, these shoes are greatly appreciated. It was a pleasant surprise to see the quality of shoes donated. The look in my boys faces were priceless. God bless you all." - Ms. Martinez 
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FOUNDERS IN
THE DREW BARRYMORE SHOW

Our founders were featured in

The Drew Barrymore Show

to share our cause!

Watch how she helped us

impact more students.

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

The sneaker heads behind Pasos for Oak Cliff.

Pasos for Oak Cliff was founded by Jesse Acosta, a high school teacher, and Alejandra Zendejas, a math tutor. They both consider themselves sneakerheads.

 

Growing up, Jesse's parents could only afford to buy him one pair of shoes per year. Alejandra's parents would sometimes buy her one pair of shoes for her and her sister to share. "Growing up I never had the newest or best shoes, so now that I can afford what I like, I buy myself all the shoes I can." (Jesse) "Yea, I definitely agree with that as well. It's like we're 

obtaining what we could not as kids. (Alejandra) 

Given their obsession with shoes, as educators and sneakerheads, they would look down at their student's feet to see what they are rockin' for the day. But in doing this, they noticed a trend - students with worn out shoes were more likely to be ridicule, bulled, and isolated. "I saw myself in some of my students. I remembered getting made fun of for wearing beaten 

up sneakers sometimes." (Jesse)

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When the pandemic hit in 2020, many of their students' families were impacted financially. Hoping to bring a little bit of joy and financially relief, Jesse and Alejandra turned their LOVE for sneakers into a proactive start up - Pasos for Oak Cliff

 

The goal of Pasos for Oak Cliff  would be to give students in need new shoes. Although since Pasos' inception, the goals of Pasos has shifted to other educational needs. 

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