Southern California

Paulina chavez, Regional Director

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Paulina Chavez is the Southern California Regional Director for EveryoneOn, working with various stakeholders including school districts, government, housing agencies, nonprofits and more to increase adoption rates of high speed internet service in low-income areas in order to create social and economic opportunity. She joined EveryoneOn in March 2016 with several years of project and program management experience within the social sector, with a focus on community outreach in the Los Angeles area. Previously, Paulina was with The Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit seeking to identify, recruit, and train high school students from under-served communities for full-tuition merit-based leadership scholarships. As a Program Coordinator in Los Angeles, she oversaw the execution of their programming in addition to refining their outreach through metrics and data analysis.

Outside of her work, Paulina volunteers with various organizations focused on higher education access for high school students and empowerment of women of color. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, Paulina moved to Los Angeles and received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Digital Divide in Southern California

  • In Los Angeles County, 44% of people who make less than $35, 000 lack internet access versus only 5 percent of people who make more than $35,000.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 in LA county are unconnected (26.98%)
  • Approximately1 in 5 in San Diego County are unconnected (19.63%)
  • More than 1 in 3 in Kern County are unconnected (35.13%)
  • More than 1 in 3 in Fresno County are unconnected (34.08%)

Before, when we didn’t have internet we weren’t aware of the many things we could look for [online], and we didn’t know how much we were missing. But now that we have it, we can look up an infinite amount of things. But also, if there came a time when we couldn’t have it, it would feel like a huge loss.
— Guadalupe Vargas (translated from Spanish)
On behalf of Montebello Unified School District (MUSD), I wanted to thank you for reaching out to our school district regarding the Sprint 1MP [program]. This opportunity for our students and families is invaluable, especially as technology is in today’s world – everywhere you turn. We are looking forward to the continued partnership with Sprint and EveryoneOn.”

— Joanna Flores, MUSD Board Member

 Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight

In partnership with the LA Promise Zone, EveryoneOn is currently undertaking a Digital Connections for Seniors Pilot Project. This project aims to connect 100 seniors in the LA Promise Zone with connectivity, devices and training in digital literacy and online banking. Four LA Promise Zone nonprofits will also join EveryoneOn’s Digital Equity Champions Initiative, working to integrate a question around home internet access into existing touchpoints to ensure that residents are receiving information on low cost offers and the in-person support to sign up for an offer.