Jairo Pinargote has been an important figure at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and in the lives of its youth since 1993. In addition to his four years of service as a program aide in the after school program, he has worked for Cypress Hills’ youth basketball leagues, intergenerational services programs which pairs teens with seniors, the holiday toy drive and summer camp. Jairo has grown from a participant in the programs to one of Cypress Hills’ most responsible employees. To the students who attend the afterschool program at PS 290, Jairo is a wise and experienced educator, game player, nurse, and counselor, answering questions and giving advice on both social and academic matters. As a senior counselor in the summer camp and in his present position with the afterschool program, he has demonstrated his creativity and commitment to developing his own skills as a program leader. While finishing high school, Jairo works for the youth programs six days a week. Always willing to lend his experience to newer staff members, Jairo is the ideal colleague whose kindness and unending enthusiasm has given him a permanent place in the hearts of both students and co-workers who rely on him daily.