Mount Ida Alumna Finds Passion for Helping Students Through Her Non-Profit

June 2014 – Mount Ida alumna Nurys Camargo is helping to empower the next generation of female leaders in Massachusetts through her organization CHICA Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization for Latinas ages 14-18 from low-income and underserved communities in the state.

Camargo founded CHICA Inc., (The Chica Project) in 2011 and for the past three years, has provided young women in Massachusetts with leadership workshops, mentoring and summer internships, all with the goal of developing a network of mentors to foster the growth of Massachusetts’ Latina leaders.

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As detailed in the Boston Magazine article entitled, The Power of Ideas: Nurys Camargo of the Chica Project,” through leadership clinics held each month, approximately 150 Latin-American mentors recruited by Camargo gather to help young women “learn to dress for interviews, apply for internships and gain cultural awareness to counter stereotypes.”

“I’m a teacher without a classroom, and a coach without a field,” Camargo is quoted as saying in Boston Magazine.

The success of Camargo’s The Chica Project is displayed in the enthusiasm and dedication of the young women whom it touches.

“I realized I’m not the only Latina trying to get somewhere in life,” says Lawrence sophomore Natalia Castillo in the article.

In 2010 and 2011, Camarago was recognized as El Planeta’s Power Meter Most Influential Latino in Massachusetts. She was honored in 2012 at the first-ever Next Generation Latina Awards in New York City presented by Latina Magazine, in partnership with The National Council of La Raza and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Camarago graduated from Mount Ida with an Associate’s Degree in 1995 and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, and a certificate in Health and Human Service Management from the Latino Health Institute at Suffolk University.

She has held significant roles on various political campaigns throughout her career including John Kerry, Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. She is currently an executive at AT&T.

In 2013, Camarago was recognized by Mount Ida as a Distinguished Alumni. This award recognizes outstanding alumni that are thriving in their careers and giving back to their communities.

View Camarago’s complete profile in Boston Magazine.