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John Blasco, 19, is a gay youth living in the East Village. Through his work as a volunteer, and through a kind, humble approach, he has built relationships in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that span the Downtown community and the city. During his senior year, he was president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Since graduation, he has become vocal about issues affecting his community.
FIERCE's responsiveness to its community is seen nowhere more than in its commitment to leadership development. The group runs an internship program that provides five-week trainings to youths interested in learning the ropes of community organizing. With a stipend for the interns, in-house meals while they're in the office, and subway fare, the group commits $30,000 annually to the effort, which currently boasts its largest class - 16 young people.
FIERCE youth in New York City build coalitions to challenge privitization
Lately, without intending to, we have been surprising people.