Our Staff – Youth Community Organizer

is the newly appointed Youth Community Organizer for Casa San Jose. Genelle has been volunteering for Casa since she was about 14 years old and has been actively involved as an advocate for Latino and immigration rights. In 2018 Genelle participated in the Casa trip to Nogales, Arizona to lead a protest against the injustices of detention centers at the Mexican border. She also was a member of GirlGov for 4 years, a young women’s group dedicated to advocacy and making a difference in the Allegheny County community. 

She has led a campaign to increase tuition equity at the Community College of Allegheny County and also lobbied the state capital in order to promote green cleaning products usage in schools. Genelle has also volunteered with the non-profit, Days for Girls, producing hand-sewn reusable menstrual products for countries in Africa. Genelle is a positive role model and is one of the original founders of the F.L.Y. leadership youth program and the Pittsburgh Council for Change. Genelle is currently pursuing a degree in Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University.