Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Ivelisse Paniagua

"I work for Ponce Bank, a community Bank that supports community members often overlooked by larger banks. We work with all sorts of neighbors, from young folks who have never worked with a bank to small businesses with diverse financial needs.

Meet Your Neighbor: Marvin Quintero

“I graduated with a cybersecurity degree from SUNY. As I scouted for IT job opportunities, I kept seeing a job requirement of multiple years of experience, which I didn’t have. So I widened my search to more jobs in different industries.

Meet Your Neighbor: Lee Beriro

"I'm a part of the Teen program at the Forest Hills Community Center. I first found out about QCH from some friends of mine who always spoke highly about the activities and services here.

Meet Your Neighbor: Eric Nesbitt

I was a year out of college and looking for a job that was LGBTQIA+ affirming and treated me like family. I came across Generation Q and knew this was the job for me. I have been working for Generation Q since September 2023 as an activity specialist and it has been a thrill.

Meet Your Neighbor: Juan-Valle Cruz

"At the first high school I attended, I didn’t get the support that I needed from the staff. So in November 2021, I transferred to QCH at Queens Satellite High School hoping for a change. There, my advocate counselor really encouraged me to do better in school and attend my classes.

Meet Your Neighbor: Natnittha

“I learned about the Forest Hills Older Adult Center when my friend took me here, who was volunteering at the time. Now that I’m an older adult, when I saw all the great opportunities and services being offered here, I signed up to be a participant.

Meet Your Neighbor: Luke Yi

"I'm a 7th grader at St. Kevin Catholic Academy in Flushing, and I love playing piano. Last summer, I visited my grandparent who stays in assisted living. I was able to play piano for everyone there, and they all really enjoyed it.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ginna Leyton

"I was a teacher in Colombia for many years. When I came to the United States, I knew I wanted to stay committed to giving children the love, care, training, and guidance they deserve. I was excited when I got the opportunity to become a childcare provider with the Queens Childcare Network.

Meet Your Neighbor: Ken

"A few months ago, I started to search for a rainbow-based senior center in Queens. My search immediately led me to the Queens Center for Gay Seniors (QCGS), and I've been going ever since. It's such a friendly and inclusive place.

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