Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

Originally posted on PUBLIC ALLIES:
When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and…

The Scene: P. Phileston

When a runaway train is moving at 100 miles per hour, nothing or no one had better get in its way. Running on pure vision, tenacity and passion, P. Phileston and the cultural movement known as Kella Fella Ent are like a locomotive showing no signs of slowing down. Phileston, the group’s founder, started absorbingContinue reading “The Scene: P. Phileston”

We Started Here: Leslie

Elmont made me the person I am today. I love being able to call Elmont my hometown. I had always appreciated my upbringing, but it wasn’t until I got to college and compared my experiences to those of my peers that I realized how fortunate I actually was to be able to call Elmont home.Continue reading “We Started Here: Leslie”

We Started Here: Gabrielle

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works.” If we were to sum up this next young leader in one word, it would be “light.” We Started Here, an original series by The Elmont Excelsior, sheds light on courageous young adults from Elmont who are following their dreams and makingContinue reading “We Started Here: Gabrielle”

We Started Here: Iesha

“That art that matters to us–which moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for living, however we choose to describe the experience–that work is received by us as a gift is received. –Lewis Hyde We are nearing the end of our We Started Here series, which seeks to elevateContinue reading “We Started Here: Iesha”