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ANHD Welcomes the 2021-2022 Cohort of the Center for Community Leadership

October 28, 2021

23 Individuals Will Help Build Community Power This Year

As we continue to build community power to challenge oppressive systems while navigating the grave losses and challenging conditions brought on by health and economic crises, we need spaces for organizers to gather, hone their skills and analysis, and feed their visions of what is possible. At ANHD, we are honored to welcome a new cohort of the Center for Community Leadership (CCL) Apprentices and Academy participants who have committed themselves to that work with us, their organizations, and each other.

Providing deep, multi-layered educational training and support to community organizers, CCL trains grassroots leaders and supports community organizations with the skills, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strengthen their potential to affect sustainable community change. Throughout the program, participants deepen their understanding of social conditions and oppression as context for organizing, explore different models of organizing historically and today, gain an understanding of how to engage communities in improving their own conditions, and develop skills for leading successful campaigns that win concrete changes for people and communities.

This year, the Organizing Apprenticeship is supporting the leadership development of five organizers who were previously members at their organizations. The Organizing Academy, a two-part educational and support program that provides an introductory and an advanced course for organizers already working in the field, welcomes 18 participants. This is a powerfully insightful and curious group, and they are excited to build relationships with each other, deepen their learning, and strengthen their collective hope and fortitude in this work.


Congratulations to the following 2021-2022 Apprentices and their Host Organizations:

  • Harriet Appiah - Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)
  • Aracelly Cantos - Make the Road NY
  • Shannon O’Neill Fonseca - Parent Action Committee (PAC)
  • Moreom Perven - Chhaya CDC
  • Monisa Walker - Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)

And congratulations to the following 2021-2022 Academy participants:

  • Jen Epstein
  • Celia Easton Koelher - Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)
  • Em He - CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
  • Mahfuzul Islam - Chhaya CDC
  • Lulu Kirtchuk - Los Sures
  • Travis Mariani - Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)
  • Denisse Miramon - St Nicks Alliance
  • Ny Nguyen - Mekong NYC
  • Jacqui Orie - National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Aruni Ranaweera - Partnership for Parks
  • Marshall Strawbridge - Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)
  • Hannah Towfiek - Street Vendor Project
  • Elvira Uribe - Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)
  • River Wasserman - Carroll Gardens Association
  • Hal Bergold - Community Action for Safe Apartment
  • Leah James - Housing Conservation Coordinators
  • Jacob Udell - University Neighborhood Housing Program
  • Tevina Willis - Red Hook Initiative


Over the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting participants on ANHD’s social media as well as in CCL’s Organizing Update newsletter. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and click here to sign up for our emails. To learn more about CCL, please visit our website.

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