About Us



InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside. We organize youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together for social and educational justice. InnerCity Struggle provides positive after-school programs for students to become involved in supporting our schools to succeed. We have empowered students to reach their family's dream of college. The work of InnerCity Struggle demonstrates that youth and parents working together are a powerful force for improving their communities and making real change.


InnerCity Struggle works with high school students through United Students campus clubs at Roosevelt, Garfield, Esteban Torres, Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, Wilson and Lincoln high schools. These clubs demand equitable opportunities and educational justice to ensure that all students graduate and attend college. In addition, InnerCity Struggle has a parent component called Familias Unidas that builds the power of parents and families to fight for equitable opportunities and quality education for both all children and youth. InnerCity Struggle's work is grounded in a theory of change that views real and lasting change occurring as a result of mass numbers of youth and families organizing at a grassroots level.


InnerCity Struggle also engages thousands of Eastside voters during critical election cycles to ensure they have all the information to make educated decisions at the ballot box.  We have also registered thousands of new voters and trained community residents to engage in Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.