Chino Hardin, Community Organizing Director

Pronoun: He/Him

Life without freedom is no life, even if the freedom we seek has never been known to us in this lifetime.
— Chito Hardin

Chino Hardin serves as the Community Organizing Director of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS), an independent research, training and advocacy think tank that applies Human Justice to achieve public safety, racial equity, community investment, human development and well-being in society. Founded and developed by academic professionals with prior experience within the criminal punishment system, the organization is the first of its kind in the country.  

Chino Hardin was born and raised in East Flatbush and Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Chino has over 15 years of experience in the field of youth organizing and leadership development, conflict resolution, violence prevention and gang intervention. More than that, Chino is committed to developing and elevating spiritual wellness and creative leadership in youth and communities that are hardest hit by crime, violence and incarceration.

Chino’s expertise stems from on-the-ground apprenticeship with seasoned youth development trainers and practitioners from across the country as well as from Chino’s own personal experience in the streets and within the juvenile/criminal punishmentsystem. Thanks to timely, unrelenting and innovative intervention by a series of intervention and leadership programs from Audre Lorde ProjectP to Prison Moratorium Project and Center for Nuleadership, Chino was able to transform the street life of arrests and incarceration into a portal for recognizing and realizing the power that and realize his own potential as a leader in uplifting and transforming the lives of at-risk, gang-affiliated and formerly incarcerated youth.

Over the last 15 years, Chino’s charismatic style and studied pedagogical integration have won success and praise in the field of youth leadership development training, specifically applied to youth who have been labeled dangerous and hopeless. Chino has appeared in numerous renowned publications and media outlets, such as Johann Hari Chasing the Scream the Village Voice, City Limits, The Ave Magazine, BET, and the Caribbean Life. Chino’s journey is a truly inspiring one, serving as an apt model for youth aspiring to turn their life around. Chino has a firm belief in becoming the change one aspires to see for the future. He is a firm believer in never measuring one’s success by material possessions, but by how to continuously become a better person.