826LA is excited to introduce our new In-Schools Program Coordinator! LaTesha will be running 826LA programs for students in schools in West and South LA as well as developing strong relationships with partner educators, schools, and community members.
LaTesha was raised in South Los Angeles where she now resides. After completing high school at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) she earned a BA in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduation she moved to Northern Virginia to serve a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC, where she worked with a non-profit that matched adult volunteer mentors with high school students from the DC Public School system. Since moving back to Los Angeles, she has worked in homeless supportive services and volunteers on a regular basis with L.A. Works. As the Community Outreach Liaison at Experience Christian Ministries in South East LA, LaTesha coordinates an annual Thanksgiving community dinner that serves close to 200 families, hosted a community forum on improving Black and Brown relations with the LAPD, and organizes homeless support opportunities. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, cycling, traveling for marathons and food adventures.