John Escareno is a Paraeducator at Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena. Having experienced first-hand the inequalities that low-income communities face every day, he is passionate about the progression within higher education and community building. John is an activist for positive social change and is constantly on the lookout to be a part of something larger than himself. John is currently a student at El Camino College studying English Literature with an emphasis in Social Work. If he is not studying at Starbucks or walking his dog at Alondra Park, John enjoys excursions to downtown Los Angeles to independent coffee shops to grab a cup of coffee and bask in the diversity of the city.