Executive Director, Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders & Finance Manager of CASA Inc.
Considered by peers and companions as a motivator, mentor and visionary leader, John Torres is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders (BCYL). Torres has led the transformation of a baseball league into a youth development organization providing enrichment programs and activities through its Sports, Education and Community platforms.
Under his leadership BCYL has quadrupled the number of children (800) being served yearly since the organization’s inception. John’s vision of leveraging sports to provide educational and leadership programs has proven to be a successful model. Youngsters take part of the SAT Prep, Math & Reading Tutoring, Honor Roll Recognition, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Students Understanding College & Career Expectations to Succeed), Girls Empowerment, Boys to Men and Theatre Workshop programs.
In 2008, Torres spearheaded the effort to create the Caribe Youth Scholarship Fund; to date 98 BCYL students have received over $1 million in high school and college scholarships collectively producing 18 college graduates of which 12 are first time college graduates in their family. John believes it’s everyone’s obligation to give back to the community; this is evident in the youth participation of Caribe’s community outreach programs. In 2010 President Barack Obama recognized John with the President’s Volunteer Service award.
Born and raised in Bridgeport Connecticut, Torres is a dedicated family man. He is married to Beatrice and is proud of his three wonderful children; Daniel, Jonathan and Jasmine. He graduated from Bullard-Havens Tech and went on to graduate from Housatonic CC with degrees in Accounting and Business Management, becoming the first college graduate in his family. In addition to serving as BCYL’s Executive Director, John is the Finance Manager for the Chemical Abuse Services Agency, Inc. (CASA). Torres’ personal mission is to assist and inspire others to reach their full potential and help them understand the importance of working together for the betterment of others.
Torres has been recognized from the following organizations. • 2013 Eastern Connecticut State University Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Award • 2015 Diocese of Bridgeport St. Augustine Medal Award • 2017 Kolbe Cathedral High School Making A Difference Award • 2018 Greater Bridgeport Old Timers’ Lou Bogash, Jr. Memorial Award • 2019 ABCD, Inc. Community Service Award.
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