Saturday, April 12, 2008


Our youth work this winter has focused on in-depth leadership training and mentoring. As volunteer Executive Director of the West 181 Street Beautification Project, I have had the privilege of working closely with Paola Nunez and Richard Pazmino, fine young people who both started working with us when they were eight years old, and now, as young adults, are our first part-time paid staff.  As Assistant Executive Director, Paola has not only become an essential part of all our work but has had the opportunity to encourage teens to direct and lead special projects. As Assistant Program Director, Richard has led garden projects and, inspired by community resident Fumi Onuma, has pioneered a very special youth mentoring project. We are proud to share their work with you.
     - Jeanlee M. Poggi, Advisor

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