Robin Hood Heroes

Every day, countless New Yorkers who are living in poverty overcome enormous challenges to build better lives for themselves and their families.  Robin Hood is committed to sharing their stories.


Elsie Flores

Avenues for Justice

Elsie grew up on the Lower East Side. While her mother struggled with addiction and mental illness, Elsie spent most of her time on the streets. After being arrested at 16, Avenues for Justice – an organization that protects New York City’s at-risk youth from incarceration – intervened. Twenty-five years after her arrest, Elsie is a graduate from John Jay College and senior staff member at AFJ. Now, she’s preparing to get her Master’s in Social Work.

Zouberou Sayibou

Future Now

Zouberou grew up in Togo, where there were limited opportunities to seek higher education. He arrived in New York City so he could pursue his dream of going to college – but he needed help. Future Now, a Bronx Community College prep program, helped Zouberou pass his GED and provided guidance as he applied to attend four-year colleges. The result: a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University. Zouberou now studies computer science, which he hopes to use to help others, including those back home in West Africa.

Jasmine Mille


Jasmine grew up in Harlem. Despite switching schools four times by age six, Jasmine always felt at peace in the classroom. She eventually connected with DREAM, an organization that serves thousands of New York City youth through their extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools, postsecondary supports, and sports-based youth development programs. As she continued her involvement with DREAM, Jasmine graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh, landed an accounting internship, and now works full-time in talent and recruiting at PwC. She focuses on creating an inclusive environment for people from underrepresented backgrounds.

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