Lower School Researchers Meet with Make the Road New York

Andres David Lopez
Our 9-10s researchers met with Chloe and Leslie from Make the Road New York today!

Make the Road New York serves more than 27,000 members and is the largest community-based membership organization representing immigrants and working-class people of color in New York State. Its programs include adult literacy, civic engagement, community organizing, health access, leadership development, youth and school programs, and legal services.

Leslie and Chloe shared stories from their members and they also shared about how Make the Road New York supports the many immigrant families that arrive in our state. The organization has centers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, but it also partners with organizations across the country to advocate for change at the national level.

Our 9-10s asked a lot of questions, many rooted in their thirst for data. They asked for numbers quantifying the impact of Make the Road New York and also refugee and asylum data broken down by region and country, for instance.

A Manhattan Country School alumna from the class of 1992, Chloe is the associate development director at Make the Road New York and has been working with the organization for 11 years. Justice, equality, and inclusion are values that both MRNY and MCS share, she said.

“I think it's so important for young people to understand that they can keep a dedication to the values that MCS embodies and keep working on that for their whole lives,” she said. “They can have jobs where they continue to promote those values and do this kind of work as students, as college students, as adults, as retirees.”
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