StoryCorps Podcast Series

Posted on April 3, 2015

Walter Barrientos and Marquis Jenkins

Every day, we encounter community leaders and organizers whose stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. The New York Foundation partnered with StoryCorps to craft a new lot of short-interview series featuring our trustees, grantees, and former grantees in conversations that get to the heart of what matters in their work.

Walter Barrientos, coordinator of the Long Island office for Make the Road New York talks with Marquis Jenkins, who works with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, in New York City, Mississippi and Arkansas about some of the challenges of organizing outside of New York City. Both are former interns of the New York Foundation’s Summer Internship in Community Organizing program. They spoke to each other in New York City (the NYC reference is needed because they talk about ‘here’). We hear from Walter first.


Produced and recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. The interviews afford a raw encounter with the personal trials and triumphs of advocates, and an unmediated perspective on community-driven efforts in New York City.