High school like you've never seen it before...
With an almost exclusively Latino cast, director, writers, and creators, East Los High is an English-language Hulu Original Series that addresses social issues. It is focused on the experiences of teens navigating life in a fictional inner city high school in East Los Angeles.
The half-hour series was developed as a response to the high rate of teen pregnancy among Latinas in the US by Population Media Center, a Vermont-based nonprofit that creates content to promote social change. East Los High is produced by Wise Entertainment, The Alchemists, and Into Action Films with the mission of empowering young Latinos with information to make smart health and lifestyle choices for themselves.
Broadcast online by Hulu, the first season of East Los High revolves around the experiences of two teenage cousins, Jessie, a 16-year-old virgin, and Maya, a troubled runaway with a violent past, who both fall in love with Jacob, a popular football player. With this forbidden love triangle, Maya, Jessie, and Jacob, along with their close friends, face true-to-life decisions throughout a turbulent year. Some of the issues the show dealt with in the first season included losing one's virginity, risky sexual behavior, and unplanned pregnancies.
The second season brought back some of the most popular cast members from the debut season including Ceci, who became a young mother in the end of season one. She returns to coach the Bomb Squad, the school's dance team she once co-directed, and struggles to take the unruly team to state championships, while also raising her child and dealing with a boyfriend who turns out to be more than meets the eye. Season two also continues to explore unexpected love triangles between the new characters, and it deals with issues such as domestic violence, bisexuality and coming out in high school, as well as advocacy and sexual and reproductive health issues.