Joel has been mentoring and educating youth since 2005 when he started working at Chaffey High School in his hometown of Ontario. At CHS Joel served as staff advisor for P.R.I.D.E., a Gay-Straight Alliance. Joel has also developed and presented youth workshops on LGBTQ history and media at Models of Pride and the Western Regional LGBTQIA Conference. Additionally, Joel has partnered with the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges since 2009 to provide mentorship to LGBTQ youth. In 2010 he graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in sociology. Joel is excited to be a part of the Long Beach community and is committed to inspiring and empowering our youth through the many programs and services The Center provides.