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“Young people are experts of their own experience.” – José-Luis Tekun Mejia
Born and raised in San Francisco and East Oakland to immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala, José-Luis Mejia has ‘flipped the script’ from experiencing violence and the street economy to dedicating his life to creating positive change and opportunity in his local community and at the national level through direct service and policy.
José-Luis has worked in youth development for the past eight years as a mentorship, life-skills, multi-media, and rites of passage facilitator. In youth and young adult policy for the past three years, he works as a youth engagement strategist, qualitative researcher, advocate, trainer, public speaker, and advisor.
José-Luis is Associate Director at Transitional Age Youth San Francisco (TAYSF), Peer Educator with Sharing Our Lives, Voices, and Experiences (SOLVE), a stigma elimination program at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF)National Youth Ambassador at the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)Community Advisory Panel (CAP) member at KQED, a student, and most of all a proud father.


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