I’m originally from Long Beach. I’ve been working in the Eastside over a year now as a parent organizer with InnerCity Struggle. I met some parent leaders during my interview and since that day I continue to be impressed and impacted by the commitment and sacrifice of so many parents from the Eastside to create a better education and better opportunities for their own kids and all youth in their community. My experience has been that parents and adults in the Eastside care about their youth and take on the responsibility to ensure public institutions and our elected officials care too and do something about it. These are everyday folks fighting for justice and equity and creating historic changes in LAUSD and in their community that have positive impact city, county, and state-wide. I’m grateful for the Eastside for making our world a better place.