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.
— Chino Hardin

Chino Hardin, Community Organizing Director, was born and raised in East Flatbush and Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and has more than 15 years of experience in youth organizing and leadership development, conflict resolution, violence prevention and gang intervention. Committed to developing and elevating spiritual wellness and creative leadership in youth and communities hardest hit by crime, violence and incarceration, Chino has honed his expertise from on-the-ground apprenticeship with noted youth development trainers and practitioners from across the country, as well as his own personal experience in the streets and within the juvenile/criminal punishment system.

Thanks to the timely, unrelenting and innovative intervention of programs such as Audre Lorde Project, Prison Moratorium Project and Center for Nuleadership, Chino recognized his potential as a leader in uplifting and transforming the lives of at-risk, gang-affiliated and formerly incarcerated youth.

Chino’s charisma and pedagogical approach have won success and praise in the field of youth leadership development training, specifically applied to youth labeled “dangerous” and “hopeless.” He has appeared in numerous publications and media outlets, including Chasing the Scream (Johann Hari), Village Voice, City Limits, The AVE Magazine, BET, and Caribbean Life.