Edwin Torres is a former associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation.
Sep 08 2014Blog Post The Rockefeller Foundation Honors Small Businesses That Innovate to Hire More Youth Last week, The Rockefeller Foundation honored three small businesses for their innovations in youth hiring strategies—LiveWatch Security in St. Marys, Kansas; Precision Body & Paint in Beaverton, Oregon; and Sharp Decisions in New York City. The Rockefeller Foundation believes employers can play a leading role in helping more disadvantaged youth get on a career path […] Edwin Torres Aug 19 2014Blog Post Participatory Budgeting Expands in New York City The Rockefeller Foundation would like to congratulate the Participatory Budgeting Project and Community Voices Heard for the New York City Council’s expansion of the participatory budgeting process. Twenty-two city council members—almost half the council, representing roughly 3.5 million New Yorkers—will open their discretionary budgets to public decisions on the allocation of $25 million. Participatory budgeting is […] Edwin Torres Jun 13 2014Blog Post New Report Shows Challenges for Young Latinos at Work Latinos are the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the American labor force, yet evidence suggests that they face considerable challenges gaining stable employment. While young Latino men have more work experience on average than their peers, the unemployment rate for Latino males aged 16-24 is 2.4 percentage points higher than the unemployment rate for white […] Edwin Torres Jun 10 2014Blog Post Co-Creators of Culture: An Update from the Field The Rockefeller Foundation has recently commissioned an independent evaluation of our support for cultural innovation. This video on the Queens Museum—whose director was just recently appointed New York City commissioner of cultural affairs by Mayor Bill de Blasio—is an illustrative example of how we’ve leveraged culture as a means of creating more equal access to opportunities […] Edwin Torres May 19 2014Blog Post Rockefeller Grantee Wins a Peabody Award The Rockefeller Foundation congratulates WETA‘s documentary, Latino Americans, for winning the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. As the award panel said, the series’ “six fascinating installments traced a people’s history that’s older than the United States itself and showed how Latinos, rendered foreigners in a land their ancestors colonized, are now reshaping it.” The film paints […] Edwin Torres