The night Sergio Argueta attended the funeral of his dear friend, and heard the mother weeping: “Why my child?” his life changed. Sergio was hurt as a child. He was treated differently because although he was born in this country, his parents weren’t. Being of a different culture and color, he was threatened on a daily basis at times. In his neighborhood “survival of the fittest” was a reality. He joined the gang - the illusion of brotherhood, support, caring and protection, ignoring the level of violence. Then two friends were killed within a year, and another put in prison for 12 years after following decisions he, Sergio, had made. No one is immune to the horrors that result from violence and we are losing too many of our children. Sergio attended and graduated college while he founded and became the Executive Director of S.T.R.O.N.G. (Struggling to Reunite our New Generation.) This Organization is the first youth-driven, multi-ethnic organization in Long Island founded in response to violence. He is regarded as one of the leading gang prevention and intervention specialists in the North East region.
Sergio served as Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College, and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Social Work Program at Adelphi University, as well as Chairman & Founder at S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.