Adrian Acosta’s experience teaching special education in South Los Angeles brought to light the need to build stronger connections between schools and communities. Adrian spent the following decade in Watts serving in a variety of community service positions. The lessons he learned throughout his journey led Adrian to establish The Ed Agency (TEdA), an organization that is reimagining education for children who face barriers outside of the classroom. TEdA’s innovative approach includes “Ed Agents” who work directly with students and families to ensure they access the resources and support needed to succeed in school and maintain overall health and wellness. in 2016, Adrian was selected to join the UCLA Watts Leadership Institute where he is now a Fellow, peer mentor, and advisor. He is also a certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM) trainer.