Santy barrera

middle school program manager - bronx

"If we build a society based on honoring the earth, we build a society which is sustainable, and has the capacity to support all life forms." - Winona LaDuke

Area of Expertise: Inspire and support youth to achieve their dreams and bring optimism to the world.

Dream Destination: Cuenca, Ecuador

Education: B.A. in English & American Literature from Middlebury College.

Soundtrack of my Life: A combination of Selena Quintanilla, Blake Shelton, Julio Jaramillo, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Runastyle, Ray LaMontagne.

Guilty Pleasures: Doodling, binge watching King of Queens, Dunkin Donut coffees

Hobbies: Dancing, long walks, storytelling   

Why I care about making Breakthroughs happen: As a first-generation college student, I understand how important it is to have a community of mentors, teachers, youth advocates, and locals to support youth in achieving their goals and doing their best. I believe in making breakthroughs happen because children are not only the future, but also a community of thinkers, activists, and problem solvers that can impact our world in the present moment.

santy[a]btny.org