In March 2007, Angélica and a group of friends drove from Alabama to Atlanta to attend the concert of a Venezuelan band. That weekend, she met Bo Young at a social event. A year later, they would get married and start a legacy of community work and philanthropic investments across communities. During February, the month … Continue reading The Angélica and Bo Young High School Scholarship
In the weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, hundreds of families moved temporarily to the mainland trying to find refuge, health care, education, and jobs. While over 150,000 Puerto Ricans moved to Florida and several thousand more to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other states that have traditionally been part of a story of circular … Continue reading Treat families in need as you would like to be treated – Hinesville, Georgia
We are building this post based on an April 2017 CNN article as it provides excellent background information on the Areu brothers. You can access the original article here. Ozzie and Will Areu announced earlier this month the launch of AREU BROS. a studio venture including a large multi-media campus for music, tech, motion pictures … Continue reading Success is Being Able to Take Care of Family. The Areu Bros. Story
On September 30, 2017, GALEO.org (through the GALEO Community Leadership Fund) hosted the 1st Latino Leaders Summit in partnership with OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) at the Georgia Gwinnett College. The event aimed to develop and hone leadership skills and to educate, empower, and inspire Latino upcoming leaders from across the state, included workshops, networking … Continue reading A Leader is one who Loves, GALEO Latino Leaders Summit
Latinas in Georgia seem to be making gains not only in terms of voter participation (outpacing national voter participation) but also appearing on the ballots as candidates for office. A community in transition, over one million strong, incredibly entrepreneurial and innovative; Latinx in our state are stepping up to the plate and making significant progress … Continue reading Latinas Are Stepping Up To Political Participation
When Monica left Peru in 1998 to live in Florida, it was really tough and she struggled, as a teenagers and immigrant, to find her own identity and accept and understand her new home. It would not be until she was 24 when she moved to Georgia on a full scholarship to attend SCAD where started … Continue reading Artists Soaking in Communities, Living Walls.
(This post is based on an article published by Project Q highlighting the 2017 Pride Parade Marshalls in Atlanta. You can read the entire original article here) If you have lived in Atlanta for a few years and happen to care about politics and voting rights, you have probably heard about Jerry Gonzalez. If you … Continue reading The Many Facets of Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, Avid Biciclyst, Community Advocate and Grand Marshal
You wouldn’t exactly expect to find a historic theatre nestled in the heart of Marietta Square to be producing the longest running off-Broadway Latin play, would you? Well, that perception is exactly what the team at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is working to change. Artistic director Emil Thomas is a southern gentleman with … Continue reading Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All
I never thought it would easy but I always thought it would be worth it.
My entire life, I have dedicated myself to servant leadership. I dedicated my life to nonprofits way before I even realized the magnitude of the work I was doing. The work of nonprofits is all about the mission regardless of the trials and tribulations. In my line of work, I get told “no” 90% of the time but when it’s a “yes”, it feels like the whole world is smiling at you.
Through my years of working in nonprofits, I have learned that persistence and consistency is the key. Since my undergraduate studies at Georgia State University, I have had one thing on my mind. My one true desire has been to make a difference in the lives of others. My personal motto is similar to someone competing in the Miss Universe Pageant, I just want world peace. My academic and professional aspirations have led me to amazing organizations such as the Georgia Coalition for Domestic Violence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, LaAmistad and now the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation where I serve as its founding Executive Director. I also have balanced work and family with volunteering outside of work and I have served on leadership roles with several organizations, including but not limited to, the Junior League of Atlanta, Atlanta Metropolitan State College as well as the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Volunteering to me is important work, it is simply not compensated monetarily, however many of the tools and skill sets I have acquired during the years, I would not have learned through my normal day-to-day workplace, I owe them to volunteerism.
(This piece is written by Vanessa Toro and was originally published in “The Dose” powered by DigitasLBI where Vanessa is the Associate Director for Creative Strategy) I often get asked why – as a NonBlack person of color (NBPOC) – I’m so passionate about confronting anti-blackness. Occasionally, I am not so gently reminded by Latinos*, Asians … Continue reading Opinion: BHM is For Black Folks. The Work is For All of Us.