Jeremy Del Rio

The Beautiful Struggle

It’s a beautiful struggle that draws us out of ourselves into community with others – a community rooted in faith, hope, and love. Faith that change is possible, hope in a future that doesn’t yet exist, and a love that binds us together in good times and bad. Jeremy Del Rio proudly represented Thrive Collective alongside…

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Grand Marshal

Brooklyn’s 65th annual Norwegian Day Parade honored Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio as grand marshal and guest speaker on May 21st. “This year’s guest speaker and grand marshal was Jeremy Del Rio, co-founder of Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. Del Rio —…

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Dishonorable Mention: Rolling Stone Corrects the Record

Ed. Note: On March 23, 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published false allegations about Thrive Collective conspiring with Betsy Devos to undermine public education, and using murals and mentoring programs as a pretense for churches to evangelize. Below are our published responses in the magazine and on the website. 1. ONLINE: “Update” posted on Rolling Stone’s website on 4/5/17, appended to…

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Our Highest Appreciation

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Friends, Thank you for trusting us! We will make you proud. Just before the holidays, a donor challenged us with our largest matching grant opportunity ever, offering to match…

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Speak Up and Judge Fairly

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friends, True confession: I used to hate fundraising. There are days when I’m tempted to still hate it. During a personal retreat in August, I remembered the “why” I do what I do professionally. As a…

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Lights, Cameras, Action: Start and Finish Strong

One of the highlights of 2016 for me came when Youth Specialties asked to film a short documentary about Thrive Collective’s work to feature at the National Youth Workers Convention in November. We had essentially twelve hours for filming — not much to cover 100 schools, 150 partner organizations, and 50,000 students across all five boroughs. I…

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Your Generosity Means an Historic Opportunity

Your generous response to #GivingTuesday means a historic holiday match for Thrive Collective. Please help us maximize this opportunity. In the days after launching our Bring Art Back giving campaign on #GivingTuesday, more than 60 donors contributed over $3,600, mostly online. Thank you for your generosity! In response, a donor pledged up to $36,000 – 10x…

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School Murals on WABC

Thank you, Joe Torres and Tiempo at WABC 7, for celebrating students and schools that thrive! Guests: Jeremy Del Rio and Emmanuel Delgado Original Air Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015 Part 2

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Commencement 2015: Great Stories Demand Sequels

Our own executive director Jeremy Del Rio delivered the 2015 Commencement Address at the graduation ceremony for Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens. Grover Cleveland is one of our Hope Week Partners, and an expansion site for our School Mentors programs this year. Below are the transcript and audio of his speech. Listen http://schoolpartners.nyc/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/grover-cleveland-commencement-062415.m4a…

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Case Study: An Empowered Parent

Although inspired by 20/20’s Vocational Calling, a Brooklyn father struggled to identify where he fit into 20/20’s strategy. He didn’t run a community group or lead a congregation, so he couldn’t commit an organization to adopt a school. Nor was he involved in direct youth work, so he couldn’t directly empower students to lead change…

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