Grad Profile: Olmis Sanchez '04

Olmis Sanchez was a participant in SLP '04 and is currently a community organizer and youth worker with Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project at Alternatives for Community and Environment and an Advisory Board member of Beantown Society.

What is your favorite memory of The City School?

My favorite memory of The City School was finally being in a diverse environment where I was challenged on what i had learned and was going to embrace on Justice

How have you changed because of your first summer of SLP?

The Summer of 2004 was traumatic and eye opening. I entered The City School shocked that Boston actually had a program that connected 100 youth from different ethnicity to enlighten them with topics schools do  not talk about such as knowledge on REAL OPPRESSION in our everyday life. The Summer Leadership Program gave me the chance to experience an understanding on what institutional, internalized, and interpersonal racism faced me everyday. The violence and chaos everywhere had me numb, I constantly repeated "WHY, US (people of color) AGAIN." Community Action Projects gave me time and tools to take the opportunity and explore on another level. Our CAP was to continue teaching other youth in our own community what we learned and that we were set up this way and that does not mean we can not CHANGE IT! So we started our own "By Youth For Youth" high school program!

How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the Summer Leadership Program?

My commitment to social justice continues currently on different boards and committees around the city, developing workshops such as Action Up! to give youth the ability to take instant charge! and create more leaders. I am currently working for Alternative for Community and Environment at Roxbury Environment  Empowerment Project (REEP) as a community organizer.

What are your plans for the future?

Grow the most food I can, create more public art to reclaim our city, create a formula for youth to start their own education system/school, travel and discover.

If you could have coffee with one social justice activist, would it be and why?

So many awesome people but Dominican-born human rights activist Sonia Pierre motivates me to help my own people!

Profile Created April 2014

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