Meet the Bronx Neighbors
Every neighborhood inspires stars. Meet some local superstars who make their neighborhoods better and inspire others every day – because they care and because they can.
After State Farm Neighborhood Sessions in the Bronx, we were inspired by the great work of local heroes. With the help of your tweets, we went back to thank them.
Felipe moved to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic at age 14. With the help of some mentors to inspire him, he rose above his struggles to become a college and NBA player. He’s now a coach and mentor for kids in his neighborhood.
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Growing up in the Bronx, Rey Polanco and his cousin, Hielly Martinez know the power of being inspired by good neighbors. For 18 years, they’ve been paying it forward and helping protect the people who’ve meant so much to them.
Inspired by his own experience as one of the first members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Harold now helps inspire young artists to realize their dreams as director of its Performing Arts Program.
A Teach for America alumnus, Ayah is a third-year teacher at Bronx Bridges High School. She works with students who are either recent immigrants or children of recent immigrants, inspiring them to adjust to the U.S. school system.
Stephen believes students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn and earn. As a teacher and founder of the Green Bronx Machine, he inspires students to stay in their community and help make it great.
Joann is a Bronx native who works with seniors to improve their quality of life and housing. With support from West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing, Joann was able to help revitalize this senior community in the Bronx.
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We’d like to thank our community partners in the Bronx who helped make State Farm Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez an incredible experience for everyone involved. We encourage you to give them your support and help them make even more of a difference.
Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children.
Works to enrich and enhance the quality of life for young people through educational and developmental programs.
Serves as steward to more than 29,000 acres of forest, park, beach, wetland and other green space, representing nearly 15 percent of the city’s land.
Helps neighborhood groups revitalize distressed communities.
Partners with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty.