About

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Vidal Guzman was raised by a single mother of three in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City...

 

When he was 16 years old, Vidal was arrested and tried as an adult. At 19, Vidal was again arrested and sentenced to five years at a prison upstate. In 2007, he was released on probation from Rikers Island, New York City’s jail complex.

In 2007, he was released on probation from Rikers Island, New York City’s jail complex.”

After returning home at age 24, Vidal secured a job with Drive Change working on New York City’s first farm-to-truck social justice food truck. Vidal and his team won the 2015 Vendy Cup for Best Food Truck in NYC.

After experiencing poverty and homelessness, surviving gang life, and being incarcerated for 7 years, Vidal knew that the way to fix the broken system was to invest in local neighborhoods and build communities.   

 Vidal now works as a Community Organizer for JustLeadershipUSA working on local issues such as the #CLOSErikers Campaign.

Vidal continues to work on not only influencing and empowering his community to make the right choices, but also getting those in power to create more opportunities and fix the broken system so that change is actually possible. He has been featured in press such as Success Magazine , The Guardian, NY1 news, REVOLT.TV Huffpost and NBCnews.