Jake (he/him/his) comes to Biocitizen’s LA with a wealth of experience working with kids and teens in various capacities as a coach, camp counselor, naturalist, and after-school educator. In 2020, he graduated from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) with a degree in Africana Studies. During his time at CSULB, Jake was an active member of Students for Quality Education (SQE) organization and the Environmental Science and Policy club.
In 2020, Jake became the founding naturalist at an overnight camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. During his time as a naturalist, Jake developed and facilitated a week-long summer camp curriculum focused on the California Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii) including themes of identification, connection, and community.
Jake believes in the importance of equity and liberation. He strives to use nature’s abundant lessons as examples of how to disrupt structures of oppression and create cultures of empathy and care for all beings. Jake is excited to work with Biocitizen’s LA, a program that focuses on building community, education, and stewardship.
In his free time, Jake enjoys reading books like All About Love and Braiding Sweetgrass; listening to music, new and old; being with friends, and learning new things!