What We Do

Emerging leaders need resources to succeed

We understand that real change requires leadership from directly impacted communities. Make the Road New York provides the training, support and resources that emerging community leaders need to succeed in changing the conditions that affect our communities, through programs like our two-tiered Leadership School. The program offers concrete organizing skills like fundraising and social media strategy, along with political education to develop a shared understanding of the challenges facing our communities.

Our leadership pipeline prepares community members for a lifetime as social justice leaders. We provide new members with basic organizing skills training, mentorship and emotional support, and connect advanced leaders to paid opportunities. All of our committees, as well as our staff departments, regularly include “Cultivating Knowledge” political education sessions in meetings, so that we develop a shared vision of our social conditions and the means to achieve what our communities need and deserve.

How We’re Helping
How We're Helping

We support people in achieving their goals–and provide the tools for them to help others do the same.  MRNY’s leadership pipeline prepares community members for a lifetime as social justice leaders. Our promotora and Community Health Worker programs train individuals to become public health advocates in their communities, and attain stable careers in healthcare. Youth at MRNY’s Student Success Centers apply to college with help from their peers, learning to provide the same support to others in turn.

MRNY’s Leadership School provides training in political education and movement-building. We graduate hundreds of people each year who can effectively speak for themselves and their community as part of our organizing and advocacy campaigns. This is the foundation of Make the Road New York’s core organizing strategy: to invest in resources and training for our communities that build our organizing power and enhance our ability to fight for systemic change.

We train up community members to assume staff roles at MRNY and other organizations and support them as they rise through the ranks. Thanks to MRNY’s leadership trainings, apprenticeship program, mentorship and other support, nearly all of our frontline staff come from the communities we serve, and over 80% of our staff are people of color. Our former members and staff have gone on to work in a variety of government and non-profit organizations.

of our staff
are people of color, and nearly all of our frontline staff represent the communities MRNY serves, thanks to our leadership support and training programs
Fast Facts
  • MRNY’s leadership school will engage 6,000 community members each year by 2022
  • Hundreds of community leaders graduate from MRNY’s training programs each year
  • Thanks to MRNY’s leadership training, nearly all of our frontline staff come from the communities we serve, and over 80% of our staff are people of color.
Meet Mateo

Mateo Guerrero, originally from Colombia, joined MRNY at the age of 15. With the support of Make the Road staff, he stabilized his immigration status, came out as a transgender man, and learned skills that allowed him to step into a staff organizer role. Mateo has led some of our most powerful organizing for immigrant rights. He inspired hundreds of people to action, by sharing his story of coming out as a trans man and organizing for the rights of immigrant youth. Having recently graduated college, Mateo is now the Leadership Coordinator at MRNY, working to expanding the very trainings that have supported him.

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