My name is Joel Mendoza and I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Education in 2015. My undergraduate experience allowed me to work in the academic advising and education fields. All of these experiences allowed me to work with students with marginalized identities. From there, I began to organically develop a passion to help bridge the opportunity gaps that are present in our communities, specifically those pertaining to the student and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) populations.
After graduation, I relocated to San Diego, CA to pursue a career in public health with HealthCorps, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. I worked with students, staff, and community members to ensure that we built a positive culture for our community at Hoover High School. This gave me my first introduction to mental resilience and the mental health field.
I am currently the Education and Employment Coordinator at Oasis Clubhouse, a Pathways by Molina program that is funded by the County of San Diego. We offer services to TAY, ages 16 –25, in need of mental health services here in the County of San Diego. My role is to engage members and help them overcome their unique barriers to employment. Additionally, I empower members to participate in activities that eventually help with employment, like education, internships, and volunteering. Most recently, I have become an advocate for our TAY and seek to give them a voice in our community to break the stigma of mental health.