After traveling and living around the country with my previous AmeriCorps program, I decided to join Public Allies, with the intent of serving the community I was most familiar with, New York. My work at Community Resource Exchange as a Program Assistant has allowed me to work on a range of issues such as art, immigration, health, youth and community development. My experience at CRE has been truly gratifying. Working for a nonprofit that is dedicated to the sustainability of other nonprofits throughout the five boroughs has given me insight on all the back-end work needed in order to better serve NYC communities. As a daughter of Colombian immigrants, my biggest desire was to work on issues within Latino communities and organizations, which was fulfilled through the Take Care New York 2020 Initiative and other strategic planning projects at CRE. When I'm not planning my next vacation, I’m probably binge watching a Netflix show.