State Farm Neighborhood Sessions

SESSION 1: THE BRONX

Jennifer Lopez

State Farm Neighborhood Sessions® kicked off on June 4, 2014, with Jennifer Lopez in the Bronx, NY. State Farm® brought Jenny back to the block for an electrifying and emotional performance at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park – for 25,000 fans and neighbors.

Going Back

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.

Neighborhood of Good®

Volunteer in your community

Felipe Lopez

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.

State Farm Agents

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.

Harold Maldonado

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.

Ayah Kamel

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 Ritz

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 Vargas

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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The Lopez Family Foundation

Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children.



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Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

Works to enrich and enhance the quality of life for young people through educational and developmental programs.



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NYC Parks

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.



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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Helps neighborhood groups revitalize distressed communities.



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Teach for America

Partners with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty.