Having been with BronxWorks for over a decade, Diami Virgilio is ringing in the beginning of his first full school year as coordinator of the School Violence Prevention programs at Middle School 22, the Bronx Writing Academy, and the Family School. Diami brings years of experience in youth services in the Bronx to his work helping students constructively handle interpersonal conflict in school, engaging with young people to mediate disputes and develop effective strategies for managing conflict non-violently.
Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Diami came to BronxWorks in 2002 as an after-school tutor and case aide at William Howard Taft High School, a part of our children and youth programming at the time. Following Taft's closure, he became the Program Coordinator of the BronxWorks New York City Works GED and Job Readiness Program. This was followed by serving as the Program Developer for a number of years under the previous BronxWorks Children & Youth Department Director, Elisa Istueta. After several years working with Day One New York - an organization focusing on ending dating abuse and domestic violence among young people - Diami returned to BronxWorks in February 2015. As Program Coordinator for our School Violence Prevention programs, he values his position most for giving him "the opportunity to work through conflicts and communication gaps with students using the principles of mediation and peacemaking."
Diami's work with BronxWorks builds upon his years of work as a writer and social justice activist. Diami helped found the Poughkeepsie Area Green Party and the Poughkeepsie Citizens United Community Action Coalition, advocating for progressive policy and restrictions on corporate money in politics. He has also written and reported for the Poughkeepsie Beat, the New York Amsterdam News, and the Gotham Gazette, and continues to write in his free time.
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