Four Trailblazers in the NYCHA Community
In celebration of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), we want to re-introduce you to four people who are making a real difference in the NYCHA community. They prove that there’s no limit to what you can do when you dream big and work hard. If you know someone who should be featured in our “I am NextGen NYCHA” campaign, please send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet using hashtag #IamNextGen @NYCHA.
“I tell my officers to treat everyone as if they are family. NYCHA residents are willing to be partners with you.” —James Secreto, NYPD Housing Bureau Chief, Grew up in Albany Houses
“If you see something and you have the power to change it, go out and make a difference. Your voice will be heard and it will mean something.” — Jewels Marshall, age 16, Jackson Houses resident
“My mother exposed us to our history; I learned about African American figures in math and science, like Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and Mae Jemison. It’s important to learn your history, whether you’re African American, Hispanic, or Asian American. Knowing my history gave me confidence.” — Dr. Aprille Ericsson, Aerospace Engineer, NASA
“I am here early in the morning and the residents can reach me all day long on my cell phone. I enjoy serving them and working with my staff every day.” — Michael Johnson, Assistant Property Maintenance Supervisor, Johnson Houses