Omar Cardenas

Youth Organizer

Omar has strong background in community organizing and is committed to empowering youth to improve their lives and neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Children's Defense Fund - California, he worked as case manager, family trainer, and youth mentor at schools and non-profits throughout the state, including Jack London Continuation High School, Computers for Youth, and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin. In each of these positions, Omar helped guide youth and families towards a positive self-image and self-efficacy by focusing on culturally relevant, critical conscious, self-reflective mentoring practices.

Omar earned a Bachelor's degree in Chicana and Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge and an Associate’s degree from San Joaquin Delta College. Omar was born and raised in Stockton, and credits his childhood experiences and older brother for inspiring him to devote his professional life to community improvement.