Johnny P. is a 2nd generation Lao American and proud Oakland, CA native who has over 10+ years of experience supporting and advocating for youth and young adults of color from low income communities. In his current professional role, he supports young adults impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice system. Johnny utilizes his own hxstory of growing up in a single mother household, being in poverty, witnessing firsthand the impact of violence, substance abuse, systemic racism and the inequitable access to services to coach, support and celebrate young folx. He is committed to lifting their voices and creating equitable access for other youth and young adults of color to pursue higher education, obtain leadership skills and build their support systems. Johnny P. is also the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college, having obtained a B.A. in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. In his time outside of the work, he enjoys bowling, camping and spending time with his two dogs, Oreo and Penny.