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Maritza Alarcon

Youth Empowerment Organizer

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The Future Project's Maritza Alarcón shares her experience with the New York City public school system and discusses the importance of self-esteem and self-love in today's youth.
Maritza Alarcón is a Dream Director at The Future Project, which works to inspire kids and transform schools. Previously, Alarcón was the Co-Creator of M.O.V.E., Motivation Opportunity Viability Enterprise, Inc., a youth organization that worked to increase matriculation rates in NYC public high schools. Brooklyn-born Alarcón has always had a passion for New York and encouraging kids to dream big and achieve. A motivated young woman herself, Alarcón co-created M.O.V.E. while still in college. In 2010, as a result of her work with M.O.V.E., she was honored as one of Glamour's 20 Amazing Young Women in their annual Women of the Year Awards. That same year, she served as a volunteer teacher in Ghana.

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