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Karen Ramirez was actaully apart of the first group of youth who joined RootDown LA in 2010. Motivated to give back to her community, Karen went on to college to study psychology and returned Fall of 2010 to be youth volunteer with RootDown LA. From there, she worked her way up to Program Director. She now aspires to one day be the Executive Director for Root Down LA in the future. She is passionate about learning new skills and getting people to eat their veggies.

“One reason I have stayed with RDLA since 2014 is that it is a place where you feel empowered to make a change in your community. And because it’s youth driven, it shows the youth that they can exceed their own expectations - they can look up to the staff and relate to them.”

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