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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Andre Santiago

Andre Santiago Andre Santiago, Director of Youth Programs, Leadership Greater Hartford
Photo | Contributed Andre Santiago said he'd be “nowhere without the love, kindness and support” of his mother, shown above.
Photo | Contributed Andre Santiago at Camp Jewell for a weekend of team-building experiences with the Common Ground program.

Age: 30

Company: Leadership Greater Hartford

Title: Director of Youth Programs

Town where I live: Hartford

Town where I work: Hartford

College: University of Connecticut (Bachelor's), Central CT State University (Graduate)

Q&A:

What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? As the director of youth programs, this role requires me to develop curriculum, recruit and coordinate volunteers, teach high school and college students and report on the program's success. In addition, I provide consulting and training services and serve as the organizational representative for Hartford Decide$, the states' first participatory budgeting initiative.

What are your goals for your community involvement? I want to continue to stay connected to the Hartford community by serving on additional boards of directors and continuing to create collaborations and partnerships among organizations and entities pertaining to education and youth.

What's your biggest passion? While my professional passions have always centered around music and leadership, my personal passion lies with my two beautiful nieces. My job as an uncle is to provide them with all of the opportunities and experiences that life can offer and to ensure they are healthy and happy.

What are your future aspirations? I strive to develop and expand my knowledge and skills in education and youth development. I see myself serving as an executive director for a nonprofit organization or teaching leadership at a collegiate level.

What role can young leaders play in shaping Hartford's future? Combining my love of music and leadership, a quote from the song “Greatest Love of All”: 'We believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.' I believe that the youth of this region have the passion, enthusiasm and talent to make effective change. I plan to continue to help guide students as they face challenges head on and serve as a resource to youth who look to implement change.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

  1. Youngest program director in the history of Leadership Greater Hartford.
  2. Provided leadership training for over 500 youth in the region.
  3. Created, developed and taught the region's first inter-collegiate leadership program.
  4. Co-chair of Hartford Decide$, a city-wide participatory budgeting initiative.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? My CD collection

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Music

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? Lawyer

Who do you consider your mentor? Ted Carroll, President of Leadership Greater Hartford and Doe Hentschel, Leadership Greater Hartford's Vice President

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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