Born in a prison cell to an incarcerated mother and a father unknown, Christian D. Green has overcome many obstacles rare, atypical and uncommon to others.
Being raised in the legal custody of his grandparents, he was forced to move all over California. His journey began with his birth in San Bernardino, CA, to Fresno, then back to Lancaster, CA at 12 years old. Through his travels, Christian received the devastating news at 15 years of age that his grandmother had passed away. It was this life changing event that turned his life upside down causing him to rebel and neglect his educational goals.
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Though heart broken, Christian pulled himself up and was determined to persevere. Throughout his educational journey and after graduating high school in 2004, he attended five different community colleges across California. He earned his Associate of Arts in Psychology from Mt. San Antonio College in 2014, while traveling internationally and nationally competing in their Award-winning Speech and Debate Championship Team. In Spring 2016, Christian graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies, and a Master of Arts in African American Studies in Spring 2018.
Christian has served on many boards and student organizations. His labor of service began as President of Black Graduate Student Association and the Organizing Director of the Graduate Student Association. He also sat on the Board of the UCLA Black Alumni Board. He works heavily with the transfer community across all the California Community Colleges as a peer counselor and is an advocate for all Black and other marginalized communities for higher education. He also works with over 1,000 foster youth as an advocate to ensure they have access to hidden resources and funds to become the success story that they were built to be.
Christian’s most prized and humbling experience is serving as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Living Faith Cathedral COGIC, Lancaster, CA and has been since 2013. Since his involvement, he has led and helped over 500+ youth and young adults from all walks of life. He also serves on the regional and national level as Jurisdictional Youth President since 2016 for more than 2,000+ youth and young adults.
His goal is to continue serving various community and student organizations in the greater Los Angeles Area. His humanitarian efforts include: Given food, hygiene packets and blankets to over 5,000 homeless; Visited 1,000+ sick and elderly at convalescence homes and Raised over $100,000 to host events and programs for people of color so that they too can have a safe space to share their experiences.
Christian served as Chair, of the Westwood Neighborhood City Council Community and Events committee and plans to attack affordable housing, transportation costs and homelessness issues. He is also a Delegate of the 36th assembly district for the California Democratic Party and plans to run for other local, state and national political positions.
Christian is comprised of a unique blend of cultures, consisting of, African American, Native American, European and Asian descent. So, essentially you can say he has a piece of all cultures and demographics flowing through his veins. But to his core, he was raised by his Black grandmother and grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins and his foster family. All he knows is his Blackness. It is his endeavor to help those who are labeled as underprivileged, underrepresented or underserving plan for their future and be the successful person God has ordained them to be since birth!
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans that I have for you declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”.
In February 2019, Christian released his book: “Uncovering Your Worth: From Legal Custody to UCLA”, which has sold over 1,000 copies all over the country. He is seeking to share his testimony at various community colleges, universities and non-profits nationwide to empower and inspire the hopeless and the forgotten.
If your students need assistance uncovering their worth, Christian is available to lend a helping hand and a hand up.