In our 12th episode, we sit down with our brother from another mother Edwin Monroy. We talk about a slate of different projects Ed’s been up to since our first Back 2 School Party together, including his new podcast The Active Variable. We also discuss a major fundraiser for his family following the recent passing of his father, Nery Edwin Monroy. To support Ed’s GoFundme, find the link HERE.


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Nery Edwin Monroy: Loving Father, Tío to Many

Kryzia, Darcy, Nery, Edwin and Emily Monroy

On January 31st, 2020, Nery Edwin Monroy, a father of four, passed away at the age of 50 years old due to a liver and kidney failure.

Nery left behind his former wife of twenty years, as well as four children. His three daughters and single son are all under 30 years old, and were each alongside Nery at bedside until his last breath.

In my years of working for the community in East Hollywood, no single family has come together like a team to support and advance the work of uplifting the neighborhood alongside me the way the Monroy family has. Ed Monroy’s voice helped me launch J.T. The L.A. Storyteller Podcast, and Kryzia and Darcy Monroy supported both Back 2 School Parties in East Hollywood in 2018 and 2019.

I know from these experiences that the family’s future remains bright, but that this time is also filled with other transitions. Ed graduated from Cal State University Northridge just last year. This Fall 2020, Kryzia will begin her classes at Cal State Los Angeles following one last semester at Los Angeles City College.

It’s thus a small token of my gratitude for the Monroy family to uplift their mourning and recovery process following this loss.

To support the Monroy family’s fundraiser for Nery Monroy’s funeral, which is nearly halfway to its goal, please do so HERE.


Donate to Our 2nd Annual Back to School Party this Summer 2019

Following the great success of this event in East Hollywood last year, it’s my pleasure to announce a 2nd Annual Back to School Party in our community! Back to School 2 (BTS 2) will feature more live art for youth, renter’s rights for parents, live music, raffle prizes for the kids + more workshops and resources. As with our first Party, your donation will support rental space, tacos for all, backpacks, a scooter & bicycle, helmets, printed photography, art supplies & more. Our event will once again bring different members of the community together, from new business owners to long-time residents, discussing how we can support one another for a “richer” and more inclusive neighborhood experience overall. Please click the button below to make your donation!

And to be sure, for any questions or concerns, our team is just a contact sheet away.

You can also make your donation through our Facebook Fundraiser.


Hi, Again!

Dear Los Angeles,

I hope this greeting finds you well! I’m writing to invite you all to a special dinner that I’m honored to be a part of this upcoming May 2nd with The PLUS ME Project. As many of you know, by working with the Project over the last couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of going out to over a dozen different classrooms in L.A. to speak with middle and high school students there. It’s been a tremendous joy for me, as in meeting with these students, I’ve been able to share the story of my long road to college with other young people in the midst of their educational journey. At the same time, it’s served as a new community for me in this most recent chapter of my life; one which I am both honored and thrilled to be a part of.

With this in mind, it’s now my pleasure to invite you all in to this community, as we celebrate PLUS ME’s achievements over the last year with a special dinner and fundraiser! The event will take place at the Ebell club in the majestic Highland Park neighborhood, and feature a catered Italian dinner and open bar, a raffle, and a silent auction filled with awesome prizes for our guests! The event will also feature remarks from students we’ve spoken with, from other educators and supporters of The PLUS ME Project, and from yours truly!

In other words, it’s going to be a groovy Saturday night in Los Angeles. Tickets will be priced at $25 dollars and can be purchased HERE. If however you can’t make the event, you can also buy a ticket for a student, or even donate an item for the auction. Of course, I think the best move is to buy a ticket to attend. We’ll get to see each other, wine and dine, and celebrate good work as all funds from the dinner go towards supporting the PLUS ME Project’s visits to more and more schools.

In the meantime, I’ll happily answer any questions you all might have about the event or other ways in which you can support. Currently, the team and I are heading out to different businesses in L.A. asking for donations or discounts to feature on the raffle, and any help along with that is especially appreciated!

Also as we get closer to the dinner, I’ll be sharing more about just why it will make for such a special night in our community. In the next letter, I’ll describe the experience of heading out to schools and meeting with students to create a meaningful dialogue with them.

So please stay tuned! Per usual, there will be more soon.