Julio Mendez grew up in Inglewood, CA until he was eight years old, when he moved to the Coachella Valley. He graduated from Desert Mirage High School in 2015 and is now starting his second year at the University of California, Los Angeles. In high school, Julio was President of his local SADD chapter as well as a voting school site council member from 2013-2105. Julio has always had an interest in the area of government, politics, and education ever since he was in middle school. This led him to participate in the Eastern Coachella Valley CA Democratic Party Fellowship during spring of 2014, as well as working in
two campaigns to elect V. Manuel Perez for Supervisor, and City Council. For the past two summers, Julio has interned with Assembly member Eduardo Garcia in his District Office. Apart from his community involvement, he is involved in non-profit work and with Student Government at UCLA. Over this summer, Julio was a Programs Intern for SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization. He also serves as a BruinsVOTE! staff member in the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association’s Office of the External Vice President.
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