Roger Paz joins the Biocitizen LA team from his origins with parents who were born in unincorporated territories. Deemed “undesirable” travelers, who form a community in a place that wasn’t on maps years ago. I am honored to say that I come from East Los Angeles California, or like some would like to call “East Los”. Born and bred in East LA, I manifest my own destiny on the back of dreams and hard work.
I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree from the California State University of Los Angeles, where I’m majoring in Sociology and Minoring in both Chicano Latino Studies and Early Child Development.
My love for the outdoors was formed in the vast stretches of Northern California’s agricultural areas and the surrounding counties. While living in Fresno, I was afforded the opportunity to spend time with family as we explored the beautiful open spaces of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a short drive from this food-producing epicenter.
It was here where my education in sustainable living taught me that agriculture serves to supply food, clothing, medicine, and employs an irreplaceable workforce all around the world. It provides food security to the human population and has become an important part of the cycle of life.
My journey as a Youth Program Leader began in 2015 when I was asked to join the Beyond the Bell after school program for the LAUSD district. There I learned that Afterschool enrichment programs promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.
When I’m not out hiking or exercising, you could find me in East Los attending to my education or spending time with friends and family.
I’m thoroughly excited to be a member of the Biocitizen LA team, and am excited to share awesome outdoor experiences with your kids!