Opportunity Youth COVID-19 Resources

Over the past few weeks, several of our partners began organizing around a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including compiling resource libraries, identifying issues specific to opportunity youth (and gaps in current stimulus legislation moving through Congress), and drafting calls to action and sign-on letters, to ensure that vulnerable youth and communities are centered in any federal/legislative responses to the current crisis.

We have started to compile these opportunity youth COVID-19 resources into a Google doc. Our hope is that that you will be able to add to the information in real-time, as we organize our collective response on behalf, and in partnership, with our young adult partners.


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.