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Congratulations to the 2018 Center for Neighborhood Leadership Graduating Class!

July 9, 2018

The Next Generation of Organizing Community Leaders

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Center for Neighborhood Leadership (CNL) Apprenticeship and Academy Introductory Course graduates! The 16 community leaders pictured above did amazing community organizing work over the past 10-months, spending time in trainings and working with our non-profit partner organizations on issues such as educational equity, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, immigration, housing and land use justice. This was CNL’s 9th program year, providing local community leaders with effective trainings and resources for grassroots organizing that help them achieve long-term, concrete changes in marginalized communities.

  • Congratulations to Our Apprentice Graduates: Jorky Badillo, Danisha Corona, Stephani Espinal, Phoolmaya Gurung, Sumathy Kumar, Marilyn Mendoza, Emmitt Mendoza-Gaspar, Monica Millay, Emily Mock, Esther Monius, and Georgia Morgan
  • And, Congratulations to our Academy Graduates: Jennifer Lopez, Noha Mahmoud, Reem Ramadan, John Texidor, and Estefania Trujillo

A special thank you to our guest speakers, Cathy Dang, from CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities and Afua Atta-Mensah, from Community Voices Heard. We would also like to thank everyone who supported the graduates, including their family and friends, past CNL graduates, our Board, and partners and supporters of CNL, including JP Morgan Chase, New York Foundation, New York Immigration Coalition, and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. CNL would not be possible without you.

And of course, thank you to our participating partner organizations: Arab American Association of NY, BronxPower, Carroll Gardens Association, Catholic Migration Services, Chhaya CDC, Fifth Avenue Committee, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Laundromat Project, Los Sures, Make The Road NY, New Settlement-CASA, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Red Hook Initiative, UHAB, and VOCAL-NY.

Please stay tuned for events, communications, and ways to support the CNL community in our coming 10th anniversary year!


The paid Organizing Apprenticeship is a rigorous training and educational program; apprentices spend four days per week working at a host site, and one day per week in training. The Introductory Course offers new organizers, who are currently employed, the skills and support they need for a successful career.

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