Meet the WASUP Project Team!

October 17, 2017

Erika Hernández is a Project Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, currently working on the WASUP program. In this role, Erika serves South Los Angeles communities, where she works with both youth and adults from the Fremont, Jefferson, Manual Arts, and Washington Prep high school campuses in an effort to provide more effective ways of […]

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Hand it to them: A Case for Student Empowerment

August 29, 2017

There is something remarkable about watching a group of high school students learn about systems change. In part, my surprise is derived from my own lack of vocabulary to talk about similar issues until I had reached college, and from there, I learned from my mentors, Asian American studies, and public health classes. There is […]

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“How do we reduce risk and increase resilience in our students?”

August 28, 2017

“Question is not, “what is wrong with our children, but what has happened.” A powerful statement made by Dr. Tyronne Howard of UCLA’s Black Male Institute during a briefing on August 18, 2017 held by Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer and the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California. UMMA Community […]

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Becoming a Health Care Policy Advocate

August 18, 2017

I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, then do non-profit work at some later point, but I didn’t think I’d have an opportunity present itself so quickly. As I cultivate and start to make progress down my career path, I find myself ill-equipped and inexperienced. Before starting this internship at The L.A. Trust, […]

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Use Your Voice: The Power of Advocacy

August 16, 2017

Returning home from a day of legislative visits left me feeling energized and empowered. As an intern responsible for leading The L.A. Trust’s advocacy work for the summer, I had the opportunity to determine what policymakers to visit, schedule meetings, create the agendas and finalize talking points for my fellow interns. I created profiles for […]

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