“The people in the The Lamont Street Collective home are welcoming in a really nice way. They give us a nice big room to stay in, they gave us vegetarian food – it is my first night in 16 years that I have not eaten meat for my meal cause I am a carnivore and they made me try new food and even though it was spicy, it tasted good.”
– Anthony Ramos, ’14 Youth-Fellow, Appreciations Journal
What is Your Illuminated Identity?
I am Anthony Ramos and I’m from Ecuador. I am 17 years old. I study at Pan American International High School at Monroe in the South Bronx. I got in Illuminated Cities Project by coincidence thanks to my curiosity and one of my best teachers, Alexa Varriano, who spoke a lot about this organization. Thanks to the trainings I opened up my mind to new ideas. My role in this organization is to get involved with different communities and learn from them. And, then to use what I learned to develop new skills and be able to improve and help to assemble the community as a whole like the Avengers. The organization has shown me the different situations around me that I had ignored such as New York City is the most racially segregated city in terms of education in the United States of America.
How do you want to be remembered as a part of America’s fabric?
I would like to be remembered as a guy who knew that there are certain things wrong in his community and he tried to help to fix those problems.