about

History
Si, Se Puede, Inc was founded in 1985 in response to the articulated needs of very low income families in the Merrimack Courts Housing Project and surrounding lower Tower Hill neighborhood. Since 1985, Si, Se Puede has provided continuous and growing services to neighborhood youth and their families. Si, Se Puede has grown from a grassroots outreach effort to a vibrant center of educational and social opportunities.

One of the most unique and appreciated aspects of the Si, Se Puede experience is the individualized attention, guidance and encouragement that is extended to each person who walks through Si, Se Puede’s door.

Staff
Si, Se Puede has three paid staff, one full time and two part time. The staff of SSP reflects the cultural diversity of the city and is very dedicated to the mission and purposes of the organization and to the people of this neighborhood. Peg Duddy is the co-founder. Lorie Mendoza is Executive Director of Si, Se Puede. Agneris Vazquez and Sonia Cancel work with Lorie in the afterschool program and Alba Castro works with Lorie in the children's clothing co-op.

Si, Se Puede also benefits from the assistance of many adult and high school volunteers. Adult volunteers come weekly from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Literacy Coalition to work with younger participants. Students come from Phillips Academy Service Learning Program to tutor and mentor SSP participants. Si, Se Puede work/study participants also provide valuable and personal service in the after school program.

Board of Directors
  • Milagros Puello (President)
  • Jane Hucks (Clerk)
  • Jesus Suriel (Treasurer)
  • Mira Furth (Member)
  • Anthony Rodriguez (Member)
  • Michael Ross (Member)
  • Karyn Martin (Member)