Nurys founded Chica Project in June of 2011 because she realized she was often the only Latina in her professional spheres.
She wanted to create an organization that equips Latinas with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to pursue their academic and career goals. She served as the organizations volunteer Executive Director for six years and is presently the Board President.
K. Gabriella Brown
Director of Community Advancement
I am a part of Chica Project because I am an unapologetically Black Latina in a social climate that does not want me to be. I want to ensure that Latinas have the resources and opportunities they need to be successful leaders because we do belong here. If I won a legacy award, it would be for developing a diversionary program for children who are within the criminal justice system with the main priority of rehabilitating and reducing recidivism.
expressive arts program coordinator
I am a part of Chica Project because growing up in Long Island, NY I felt too Puerto Rican, and when in Brooklyn I didn't feel Puerto Rican enough. Understanding the need for more representation of Latinas in the professional world, I aim to be someone that helps girls channel their authentic self. If I won a legacy award, it would be for empowering women to reach their full potential through the use of Dance Movement Therapy.
Interim executive director
I am a part of Chica Project because I want to live in a society where women of color, Afro-Latinas, and Latinas are at the center. I want young women of color to see an affirming and inspiring representation of themselves in education, the media and workforce. My dream is that we continue to speak our truth and unapologetically fight all societal injustices.
director of curriculum development
I am a part of Chica project because I believe in the need for empowering representation of Latina and Afro-latina women. I want to be part of a collective striving to give young Latina women the resources and space to create their successes while working toward personal, communal, and professional growth. If I won a legacy award it would be for developing holistic educational experiences that speak to the needs of undeserved but aspiring young women.
Highland Street Americorps ambassador of mentoring
Maria was born in New York City and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She recently earned her BS in Psychology at Suffolk University. She interned for a year with Chica Project as the College Access Liason, and she is currently fulfilling the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring position for a second year.
Tayla is a Boston native and hosts her own show, “Wake Up With Tayla Andre” on 101.3 FM in Boston from 5-7 a.m. She combines a healthy mix of motivation, empowerment, inspiration, fun and thought-provoking subject matter to create dialogue on controversial and underrepresented topics and issues that affect people in urban communities and abroad.
Event Planning & Community Relations Team Lead
I am a part of Chica Project because as a women of color I believe it is my job to inspire, empower and lead in a impactful way our youth and other women of color to live in their full potential to be great in everything they do. If I won a legacy award, it would be for being an advocate against injustice and while empowering others.