Lucia Santana, JPPOP Coordinator 617.524.3541 X308
came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico when she
had three young children and the equivalent of a 9th grade education.
spent the next 13 years at home raising her
family (now numbering 6 children), not believing she
had anything to offer her
Latino Leadership Program photo
Magalis Troncoso of City Life / Vida Urbana, who met Lucia in 1999, believed otherwise and urged Lucia to join City LifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Latino Leadership Program (LLP).
Hearing the diverse stories of other program participants inspired Lucia
to believe that she
too had something to give.
participation in the LLP, she
says, "Before, I thought nobody cared about me and what happened to me, but I realized that is not the reality."
is a full-time organizer with City Life, supporting the Jamaica Plain Parent Organizing Project
(JPPOP, a collaboration with the Hyde Square Task Force).
helps parents learn to advocate for the educational rights of their own children and all children, and to see themselves as potential leaders.
Through the Latino Leadership Program, City Life works with community members like Lucia
to develop the confidence and skills to contribute to our neighborhoods.