A Look Back at Forward Thinking Leaders

Every month transform. features outspoken, dedicated leaders. Here are a handful who’ve inspired us in their tenacity, love, generosity, and in their ability to hold the complexities of humanity.

La Plazita Institute | Healing Culture in Action

La Plazita Institute’s mission is “to strengthen community and enable youth to leave behind a destructive lifestyle by tapping into their own roots to express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, family, and community.”

Albino Garcia | La Cultura Cura

Chicano/Native activist Albino Garcia founded grassroots organization La Plazita Institute located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004. He grew up in Chicago and is no stranger to the streets; his background closely mirrors that of the populations that La Plazita Institute serves. He has done extensive healing work with youth, veterans, and gang members. His leadership style is grounded in traditional culture, and he is known and respected for approaching challenging situations with creativity, honesty, inclusiveness, and innovation.