Juan Acosta age 25, grew up in Woodland CA. He is a first generation Mexican Immigrant. He attended and graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors in Psychology. Juan began his advocacy work locally at the age of thirteen and accumulated over 200+ community service hours by the age of fifteen. At age 21, Juan drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for his hometown of Woodland, CA. Since then Juan has done work globally. He has served on national committees, speaks at conferences and festivals some include: United Nations Side Events, and the first ever Youth Mental Health Action Forum White House event. Juan is a New York Times bestselling author for a book co-authored with Lady Gaga, CHANNEL KINDNESS: Stories of Kindness and Community. He collaborates on a regular basis with numerous organizations and brands. His work has been featured by Mashable, Oprah Magazine, DOSOMETHING, MTV, Yahoo and more. He currently works at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and serves as a board member for Steinberg Institute.
Governor & First Lady Service Award
CalHOPE Ambassador Appreciation Award NAMI Rising Star Award Steinberg Institute Mental Health Champion 2021