West Coast Organizing Intern
Hi, my name is Jose Canizal. I was born in Monterey Park, CA where I grew up listening to Dr. Dre with my neighbors as we ate otter-pops on hot summer nights. I am currently an Organizing Intern for the National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI) and serve on the Policy and Legislative Committee for California Youth Connection. In my capacity at NFYI, I will be responsible for advancing the organizations mission to lift the voices of other former foster youth.
I am a first-generation Latino student, currently attending Rio Hondo College and majoring in Electrical Engineering. As a former foster youth, and formerly incarcerated youth, my passions include the exploration of organizations, like the ones I am currently involved with, to engage, inspire, and support other former foster youth with similar experiences.
I am passionate and motivated about my advocacy work. My goal is to create a meaningful impact within the child welfare space. Knowing first-hand the trauma and hardships that this vulnerable population experiences, I seek to use my story to alter the way decision makers engage the discussion surrounding former foster youth.
I one day hope to take my engineering skills to the nonprofit world, developing programs that enhance the excitement around STEM programming for minority youth. In my spare time, I enjoy working out and listening to TED Talks.