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Janice Mendez

Capacity Building Associate

As a Capacity Building Associate, Janice supports the implementation of LBUSD’s Relationship Centered School’s Professional Learning Network by training school sites staff and developing student participants in school transformation. After joining Californians For Justice in 2016, Janice co-founded Lakewood High School’s CFJ chapter and took on the role of club president. Shortly after, Janice began working with Khmer Girls in Action as an ambassador with the Invest in Youth coalition. With this coalition, Janice served as a youth empowerment co-chair for the Yes On Us campaign, which put Measure US on the 2020 Long Beach City elections ballot and won $1.6 million annually to fund racial equity programs in the city. Concurrently, she trained and supported CFJ staff and volunteers in informing voters across the state about Prop 15. Racial justice in education is important to Janice because she believes that all students deserve to feel safe and empowered in their schools. Janice is a first-generation college student currently working towards a degree in sociology at the California State University of Long Beach. She aspires to follow her passion for social justice and continue pursuing a career in community organizing. Janice enjoys doing makeup, creating art, hiking, and spending time with her pets.

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