Carina Cruz

High School Program manager-12th grade

“Live. Learn. Shine. – Brightly, shamelessly, fearlessly, unashamedly.”—Lauryn Hill

Area of Expertise: In school, I studied psychology in low-income communities of color. In reality, I’m an expert on giving advice, memorizing song lyrics and Friends (the TV show).

Dream Destination: Top three destinations are Greece, Brazil and Hawaii (but there are many many more!). My ultimate goal is to visit every continent at least once.

Education: B.A., Science and Society. Brown University, Providence, RI

Soundtrack of my Life: Any playlist that combines Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Marc Anthony, Selena and “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo. Pretty much sums it up.

Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate (milk chocolate is the only one that truly matters) and reality TV

Hobbies: Stepping (yes, that thing they do in Stomp the Yard), singing in the shower, traveling, and shamelessly watching animated kids movies.

Why I care about making Breakthroughs happen: As a Nuyorican girl from Brooklyn, I have seen and experienced the obstacles put in the way of kids from these communities. The breakthroughs that I have made in my life so far happened because of BTNY (shout out to BTNY Class of 2009!) and I want to help make that happen for more people. We’ve been held back from the ladder of success long enough so it’s time to make our own path.