Barrio En Marcha!

Meets every two weeks

As a community transformation organization, we are interested in the change that happens internally in our participants and the change they create in their own micro communities.

The Barrio Leadership cohort was designed as a year-long program specifically designed for community members who are doing leadership work and who could benefit from skills, resources, and networking.

For the duration of the program, cohort members work independently and collaboratively on a number of community projects, and participate in a series of personal development trainings.  


Activities include professional development, soft skills training, presentation opportunities, group projects, emotional intelligence development, communications, financial literacy, mentorship and networking opportunities.


The program also includes a “BAILE” trip: an annual trip we take to visit another city to learn best practices of organizations that are doing similar work to Barrio’s. In 2018, Barrio organized 2 trips like this to Philadelphia and visited several organizations like Village of the Arts and Humanities, Spiral Q and Taller Puertorriqueno.


Our cohort syllabus include:

  • Event planning

  • Research

  • Retreats and visits to other cities to learn from other organizations

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For our pilot year, our cohort identified Family Literacy as the area of impact but in 2021 our plans include:

  • Finding ways to help micro businesses impacted by the Covind-19 Pandemic

  • Sharing of vital information related to stopping the spread of Covid-19


New to Barrio?

Barrio Alegria is a community transformation organization located in Reading that utilizes the arts as a platform for community engagement and for the development of social and multicultural awareness.


But all you have to remember is:

  • The majority of our projects happen outside!

  • The majority of our projects are free!

  • The majority of our projects have to do with art!

Contact us

140 N. 5th Street

Reading, Pennsylvania 19601



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