Lauren Mendez

I am 26 years old and a former foster youth from Stanislaus County. I have been working with the Youth Engagement Project (YEP) since October 2015 and am currently getting my Associates degree in Psychology and plan to continue my education in Psychology and Social Work. I also currently work at the Youth Navigation Center in Stanislaus County supporting youth who are experiencing homelessness and youth who are in crisis ages 13-24. I have advocated for foster youth on numerous topics and issues that are faced within child welfare and I really enjoy focusing on creating focus groups on issues foster youth face and educating child welfare staff and those who work with children and youth on various trainings. My passion and hope for youth engagement is that every county in California has youth invoice imbedded in their policies and procedures.

I am a mom to a four year old boy, three month twin girls and a step mom to two children, a fifteen and nine year old. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and children whether at home watching movies, playing in the backyard or traveling to the coast. We love to travel to new places and exploring the outdoors. Our favorite place to visit is Disneyland and really enjoy going during the holiday season.