Teresa Rivera

Bronx, NY

Bronx, New York

Teresa Rivera, 25, is a youth advocate and teaching artist, born and raised in the Bronx. From a young age, Teresa was connected to spaces that focused on resolving social justice through the arts and education. These experiences fostered a sense of responsibility to build a better community for young people.

While in high school, Teresa was the founding member of a women’s empowerment group at The Point CDC, a nonprofit organization in the South Bronx. The women’s group aimed to providing young women with the resources they need to learn, grow and heal. Upon graduation, she became Program Coordinator for the next 5 years. Currently, Teresa is still organizing The Point’s annual celebration for women, Female Flava. Female Flava has been creating space for over 150 community members to learn about community building, mental health, healthy relationships and more.

Teresa is a proud graduate of Public Allies NY. Upon graduation, she was hired at her partner organization as an After-School Program Coordinator. It was at the West Farms After-School Program that Teresa’s passion for teaching was sparked. Since then, she has worked as a teaching artist in the Bronx, using creative writing and visual arts to engage young people on topics such as gender, race, history and leadership.

Teresa will be graduating from The City College of New York in 2020 with a BA in Education with a minor in African Studies. Teresa is dedicated to providing young people with a safe space to learn, advocate for themselves and reach their full potential.

Sponsoring Organization: Public Allies