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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Center for Community Leadership Cohort

September 19, 2019

A New Group of Apprentices & Academy Participants Are Building Community Power

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL) at ANHD strengthens neighborhood-based organizing in New York City by providing deep, multi-layered educational training and support to community organizers. CCL offers two programs to support neighborhood-based organizing – the Organizing Apprenticeship, a 10-month paid apprenticeship in partnership with Public Allies New York that places people new to the organizing field with grassroots community-based organizations, and the Organizing Academy, a two-part educational and support program that provides introductory and advanced courses for organizers already working in the field.

Through the Center for Community Leadership, 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 community 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 welcomes 12 Apprentices who are new organizers in their respective fields. The Apprentices will receive instructional learning from ANHD and Public Allies on Fridays, practice the tools and skills in organizing, and learn how to implement them at their host organizations for four days per week.


The 2019-2020 CCL Apprentices and Their Host Sites:

Andrea Duranti Martinez, Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)

Daphne Chang, NYC Anti-Violence Project

Deborah Scott, Cooper Square Committee

Densia Wray, Neighbors Together

Elise Levy, Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc.

Fi Whalen, Met Council on Housing

Jahed Meah, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)

Juan Colon*, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)

Kimberly Morales, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Mary Lucy Castano, Make the Road NY

Monique Ashley Roberts, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)

Shadman Saquib, Chhaya CDC

*Second-year apprentice


The Organizing Academy welcomes 13 participants in the Intro Course and 13 participants in the Advanced Course. The Intro Course gives an overview of community change and organizing while the Advanced Course provides experienced organizers the space to deepen their analysis and practice of community organizing and help them explore institutional and individual growth. Our participants come from an array of experiences in organizing in the fields of community development, health, education, housing, immigrant rights, public benefit advocacy, worker rights, and safety.


Intro Course Participants:

Álvaro Franco, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition

Alyssa Figueroa, Right to Counsel NYC Coalition

Andrew Melendez, Hope Community, Inc.

Arli Cornejal, NYC Kids RISE

Balanda Joachim, Carroll Gardens Association

Daniela Contreras, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Julia Colon, North West Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition

Kiana Davis, Urban Justice Center

Mia Soto, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Roshni Ahmed, Women for Afghan Women

Temur Nanikashvili, Bridge Street Development Corp

Victor G. Davila, The Point CDC

Yvonne Viruet, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition


Advanced Course Participants:

Alejandro Coriat, Goddard Riverside Community Center

Akinde Kodjo-Sanogo, African Communities Together

Analisa Frietas, Justfix.nyc

Ben Fuller Googins, Carroll Gardens Association

Cata Roma, 350.org

Kate Zen, Red Canary Song

Kazi Fouzia, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

Malika Conner, The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)

Nayim Islam, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

Nova Lucero, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) 

Stephanie Burgos-Veras, Riders Alliance

Ronald Harrison, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) 

Zahara Zahav, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice


We are so excited for this year’s participants and look forward to the work they’ll be doing to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.

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