Jose Huizar

Program Manager | CASA | K9s 4 Kids

Before joining Child Advocates of Placer County, I completed my M.A. in Applied Cultural Anthropology at San Diego State University in 2015, where I developed a background in international research. As a graduate student, I completed my thesis work in a rural community in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I worked alongside a community support group for elders who had been left behind by migrant family members. In addition to my thesis work, I led a U.S.-Mexico research team that examined the process of deportation at shelters in Tijuana, Baja California. I also volunteered at a children’s after-school mentoring program in Oaxaca, Mexico, and at a center for unaccompanied immigrant children in San Diego, California. After moving to Roseville from San Diego in 2015, my passion for continuing to serve those who are most vulnerable in our community led me to join the Child Advocates team and its mission.

As part of the Child Advocates team, the most meaningful outcome for me is to see the impact our volunteers make in the lives of the kids they serve. It is an absolute honor and pleasure to work alongside such a wonderful community of people who positively affect the lives of others. To wrap one’s mind around the fact that our volunteers step forward to help support the kids and families in our community during unimaginable dire circumstances is remarkable.

I would say that each event has a special meaning for me. I enjoy our volunteer appreciation events where we get to thank our volunteers for all of the amazing work they do for the kids and families they serve. I also enjoy being part of the experience of the annual Friends of CASA Tea, serving as a Man in Black. It is wonderful to see all of the thoughtfulness everyone puts towards their table theme and being part of an event that spreads awareness about what we do. Equally as impressive is our annual Gala, where the supporters of our organization get to enjoy an elegant evening filled with entertainment as they help support our mission. Lastly, but not least, I enjoy our annual golf tournament, as it is a fun filled day for our golfers. At each hole, the golfers get the opportunity to win fun prizes or learn more about our organization. We are very lucky to have such a great community of people in Placer County who help support our mission.