ABOUT ELYSIAN VALLEY UNITED
Elysian Valley United is a community-based, non-profit organization located in Northeast Los Angeles, California. Organized in 1994 by local residents, our organization provides a variety of education, arts and wellness programs to neighborhood youth, parents, and families. These services are provided at no cost.
We are located at the Elysian Valley United Community Services Center (CSC), 2812 Newell Street in Los Angeles, a 3400 square foot facility that once housed a garment sweat shop. In 1999, Elysian Valley United took the lease on the site, and transformed it through neighborhood volunteer assistance into a multi-use community center.
Gloria Vargas - Activist and Teacher
Gloria was raised in Elysian Valley, having attended Allesandro Elementary, Washington Irving Junior High School, and John Marshall High School. She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles, and soon thereafter began her primary career as a school teacher at the same elementary school she attended as a child. In 1994, Gloria joined Elysian Valley United, where she has played a key role in developing every major program EVU has offered to the community. Since 2000, she has taught at the Community Services Center for our Central High Continuation School program; Gloria is a National Board Certified teacher, and promotes academic excellence for students who are most at-risk of dropping out. She is married to Albert, and has one son, Tyler.
Dr. Albert Vargas - Founder
Albert was born and raised in Elysian Valley, having attended Allesandro Elementary, Washington Irving Junior High School, and John Marshall High School. He attended Cal State Los Angeles, where in 1981 he was President of the Associated Students, Inc. In 1994, he organized neighbors in Elysian Valley to form Elysian Valley United. Over the years, Albert has been instrumental in developing such EVU programs as Kids United, Community Scholars, KEVU Radio, and United Cycling Club, while working with neighbors to establish representative bodies such as the Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council. In 2013, Albert earned his Doctorate degree in Education from UCLA. He is married to Gloria, and has one son, Tyler. The rest, as they say, is history.