Pleasanton couple's dog a winning wiener

"In the seven years they have been together, Patrick Major has seen Sammy Davis transform from a playful pet to one of the fastest dachshund racers in the state. Even though he stands only about 6 inches tall, Sammy can pump his stubby little legs and leap through the air to catch Frisbees nearly as big as he is. And, this pooch was a doggie pinup in the International Disc Dog calendar three years running." Read More Here

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HYA Youth Baseball Program


Chris Major ’83, Saint Mary’s College Baseball (80-83) honors Saint Mary’s College, Miles McAfee for his work in expanding opportunity at Saint Mary’s College (72-80). The winningest baseball coach of all time…..go GAELS!


Cohesion between parents, players, and coaches.

Positive training techniques, and appropriate benchmarks 

Responsible adult leadership (vital for league integrity, sportsmenship, and competitive balance)

Focus on the principles of balance, body alignment, and foot work.

Repetition and practice regiment

Encourage positive peer interactions among youth are essential in team sports.

Socialization skills in the young and old alike.


HYA Diversity Training Program 

Dr. Mario Rivas, Merritt College and Tomas Brown, Tomas Brown and Associates, are leaders in the field of youth development, staff diversity, and improving academic dynamics for 1st generation college bound students. Contact us for your diversity needs.


Dr. Mario Rivas “Find, and be your natural self, do not die a copy” HYA College Outreach Program,Saint Mary’s College 2014

HYA College Outreach Program: 2013


February 4, 2013

Dear Dr. Rivas,

I would like to thank you for helping our AVID program learn about the life of a college student. I would also like to thank you for the inspirational speech. That speech lightened up my whole day….especially in our generation most teenagers and kids get judged if they do not have the same things as others. In this generation if you do not have the coolest clothes like everyone else you are a nobody. Yet, only a few people realize that you are always someone if you stay true to yourself. Being a copy is horrible because you are not staying true to your inner self. Beside the speech, the basketball game was so much fun. My  friends and I had the best time at the game. Saint Mary’s has a beautiful campus. I love visiting. Thank you again for all that you did for the AVID program. Yours truly, Daisy M. Salazar, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato AVID

February 4, 2013

Dr. Mario Rivas,

I am so thankful that you came to speak for us at Saint Mary’s, that was very nice of you to go. The most important part of your lesson was when you said, “Its not if you are from the hood, but if you are for the hood.” That caught my ATTENTION the most. I felt that, that was to my heart because of my family from Mexico. They lived in a bad neighborhood, but now they are in a good one, and have a good life. Thank you for coming to speak to us. Sincerely, Raquel, Hamilton Meadow Middle School, Novato AVID

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr Brown,

Thank you for speaking to us at Saint Mary’s College, it was really nice of you to do that. It taught us much. Thank you for teaching us that we can put our dreams into action; also, that we can do anything that we set our mind to. Thank you very much for that lesson; it taught me something about the lesson of life. Sincerely, Raquel, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato AVID

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Dear Mr Brown,

Thank you so much for taking some of your own time to come and talk to Novato AVID and the Hamilton Academy classes. I really like what you said, “it not if you are from the hood, but if you are for the hood.” It was very inspiring to me. It meant that it doesn’t matter where you start from. I enjoyed how you said, “put your dreams into action. I was inspired to think of the things I never would have thought of, but thanks to you I did. Thank you very much for talking to us. Sincerely, Yvonne Godoy, Hamilton Meadows Academy, Novato AVID

February 4, 2013

Dear Dr. Rivas,

I found your speech about dreams and how to achieve them inspiring. I have decided to try and get an A in science, as well as, Math. When you said we were all special I thought in my head I can be something in the world that helps and inspires more kids like me. I also want to thank you for taking the time to speak to the AVID students and telling us your story. We all have dreams, whether we decide we can achieve it or not, I think you motivated us all to strive for education and our dreams. Stay unique, Emma Herdman, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato AVID

February 4, 2013

 Dear Mr Brown,

Mr. Brown, I want to thank you for the time you took to speak to our AVID class. You gave our class some cool stories and motivational words . One of the statements you made was that my past does not define me; and do not let people tell me what I can do or not do in life.  Sincerely, Avery McReynolds, Hamilton Meadow, Novato AVID

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Dear Mr Major,

Thank you for taking us on the Saint Mary’s trip. I had only been to one college campus before. I will never forget this college experience. I also want to thank you for the basketball game tickets. I had never seen a basketball game before. The game was very exciting to me. I usually do not express my feelings in other sports games I have been to. The speakers were great.I really enjoyed their opinion. Mr. Rick Rodriguez and I share a fear, that fear is talking in front of a bunch of people. Dr. Mario Rivas made a good point that I share with him. He said, that is did not matter where you come from or if you are a Latino or not…I loved they talked and expressed their fears, opinions, and ideas. They inspire me to work harder, so I can go to college. Sincerely, Yolanda Sandoval, San Jose Middle School, Novato AVID

February 2009

Dear Mr. Kymm Wilson,

Thank you for your inspirational speech about doing your best in college and never giving up. I agree with you no one starts off perfect in earning a college degree. I myself will be the first in my family to attend college this coming fall. I am a little nervous, but at the same time excited to begin. Your speech was very inspirational to me, as well as, our whole class. You proved that no matter what position you are in. You can start a college education anywhere. You were very entertaining. Once again, thank you for your advice and personal insight. “That’s a good one” Sincerely, Desiree, Tracy Unified AVID