NFYI Jose Angel Canizal

Jose Angel Canizal

Role: Organizing Coordinator

Background: Jose Angel Canizal is the current Organizing Coordinator with National Foster Youth Institute, who, as a former intern himself, oversees the Los Angeles Organizing Internship as well as engages and organizes the Los Angeles Chapter in relation to NFYI National Policy focus. Jose is passionate and motivated in working with NFYI in making a meaningful impact to transform the foster care system.

Jose Canizal is a first-generation Latino student attending Rio Hondo College and majoring in Electrical Engineering. Jose strongly believes just because his educational potential was heavily impacted by being moved around to multiple placements, doesn’t mean anyone else should limit theirs.

Why he likes working at NFYI: Knowing firsthand the trauma and hardships that this vulnerable population experiences, working at NFYI allows me the ability to provide insight and help bridge the gap for foster youth.

Passions/Aspirations/Hobbies: Jose aspires to create a non-profit organization that will support and mentor all foster youth K-12 who have an interest in any STEM career. Through a resilient consistency his aspirations will help accomplish his dream to change statistics into potential and that more than half of Child Welfare stakeholders be made up of former foster youth.

Hobbies: Jose loves to play video games such as Call of Duty and his all-time favorite Halo.

Fun personal fact: Jose was part of the G.A.T.E (Gifted And Talented Education) Lego Mindstorm robotic club when he was in 5th grade, building and programming robots to compete at a high school level.

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