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Young Entrepreneur Series – Youth Justice

February 8, 2012

Frank Torres was 10 years old when Youth Justice was invented. Frank joined both United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park‘s (UPROSE) Middle school and high school programs. While at John Jay High School, Frank assisted UPROSE in organizing the First Environmental Justice Conference in Sunset park, Brooklyn.

At the age of 18, Frank joined UPROSE as a full time Lead Youth Organizer and Co-Founded The Youth Justice Initiative. Frank has represented the UPROSE Organization on many occasions at National conferences and has served on Community Board 7 for the past two years. Frank is a recipient of a 2006 Young People For Fellowship award.

Youth Justice – “The UPROSE youth leadership program is a holistic, multigenerational, enrichment program for our future leaders in middle school and high school. We focus on nurturing the minds, health and cultures of our young people as they prepare to be the caretakers and nurturers of the natural and urban environment. We also ensure that the young leaders are connected to resources that will support them through school, as well as create programming which will benefit and enrich our community.

Youth Justice is about engaging the youth intellectually. It is a political education and leadership development project. Youth learn the principles of environmental justice and community organizing, they study hands-on the environmental issues in Sunset Park and work collectively toward creating change in their communities.”

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