Alexie Torres-Flemming

Alexie M. Torres-Fleming is the founder of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), a faith-based organization located in New York City, and is the cofounder of the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, a coalition of local groups that is "confronting the legacy of Robert Moses" by campaigning to replace the Sheridan Expressway with affordable housing and green spaces. Torres-Fleming's work generates creative use of the urban environment and provides neighborhood leadership to solve common problems. Using education and community development, YMPJ has helped a generation of Bronx children discover that through advocacy, community organizing, journalism, environmentalism, and the arts, they can play an active role in shaping and improving their neighborhood. Torres-Fleming is a recipient of the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal. She lives in the South Bronx with her husband and two children, a few blocks from the housing project where she grew up.