Jarel L Melendez is the Youth Advocate & Mentoring Coordinator for the Adolescents Confronting Transition (ACT) Project at Lawyers For Children. Jarel is a product of the Child Welfare System, and he uses his experiences as a former foster care youth to inspire his clients to take every opportunity available to achieve success. Additionally, Mr. Melendez is a member of state and citywide workgroups focused on issues of aging out of foster care, and has testified before the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly. Mr. Melendez obtained an MBA Degree from Baruch College.
"You are your biggest champion! Don't ever forget that."