COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Saul Arvelo has worked for Project Morry for the past 15 years. It is a youth development organization for inner city kids from Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx that offers four weeks of free summer camp.
PERSONAL: Arvelo lives in Ravenswood, Queens and was born and raised in Queens. He went to Long Island City High School where he was active in the arts and received his bachelor of arts in communications at Hofstra University. Arvelo was among the first group of children to participate in Project Morry and is the first alumni to join the full-time staff.
PROUDEST MOMENT: “Definitely coming back to Project Morry and giving back to the people that helped me out. Now I have an opportunity to empower the youth and help mold them into leaders.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I was the first of my family to go to college. That was a big deal for my family. It was hard because nobody before me did it.”
FAVORITE MEMORY: “Being able to go to camp for the first time, being away from my parents, going to the woods and meeting people from different communities. I was 10 years old when I first came here.”
INSPIRATION: “Definitely the kids I work with. Seeing that they need help and being comfortable and being able to relate to them because I come from the same community they come from.” – Timothy N. Lyman