Grassroots Leadership

jenny arieta

19445_news17-405x312 Cleaning up Rufus King Park in Jamaica, NY

CENTRO at the massive rally against loss of affordable housing in Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town, May 24, 2007.

As a former youth member of CENTRO HISPANO Cuzcatlan, the grassroots organizing training I received as a young adult radically changed my perception of leadership. Today I continue to support organizations that bring directly affected community members to the decision-making table and foster grassroots leadership of youth and people of color.


VAMOS at the March and Rally after Sean Bell Verdict. Jamaica, Queens, NY 4/25/08. – This is the neighborhood where I learned to fight back. 

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Both VAMOS Unidos and CENTRO HISPANO Cuzcatlan are recipients of the Union Square Awards. In 1998, the Union Square Awards began to “identify activists, community organizers, advocates and service providers across New York City neighborhoods who were building organizations addressing homelessness and hunger; HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment; youth leadership and…

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