As a community specialist at El Centro Hispano in Carrboro, Jose Torres-Don has his finger on the pulse of Orange County’s Latino community. Torres-Don came to Orange County from Austin, Texas and in just two short years has made many connections in his new North Carolina home. It was a Spanish-speaking parent of a teen court participant who first got Torres-Don involved with Volunteers for Youth. After helping translate for her and learning about the program, Torres-Don became a volunteer work site coordinator for Volunteers for Youth, allowing program participants to complete community service hours at El Centro.
Torres-Don is a dedicated activist and appreciates a similar dedication he sees at Volunteers for Youth. “Volunteers for Youth is an organization that truly believes in the power and potential of youth. They do not see youth as at risk and powerless, but rather, as promising leaders and stakeholders. In a county that is experiencing much growth in its Latino immigrant population, Volunteers For Youth is a great resource for youth facing the challenges of growing up between two cultures and dealing with the almost inevitable stumbles along the way.”
Category: 30 Years