On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.
PLEASE MEET A 2016 IMPACT-MAKER TO WATCH:
...has pride in the Valley; he’s a motivator, innovator, a visionary, and a collaborator. He empowers and inspires, creating a platform for success, and lifts all community members to a successful level.
— Felipe Fuentes, LA City Council District 7
Pierre “Pierre Boogie” Arreola is a professional dancer and community organizer from Pacoima, California. He utilizes Hip Hop culture as a platform for social change by collaborating with community initiatives and young activists. Pierre developed a passion for community organizing from growing up in a low income neighborhood, which also provided first hand insight into the social ills of poverty. Shortly after graduating high school, Pierre and his childhood friends came together to form The GR818ERS (pronounced “great-one-eighters”), a collective of local activists dedicated to uplifting the San Fernando Valley and beyond through the creative elements of Hip Hop culture. Pierre graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and was awarded the Royce Sport and Society Fellowship and the C.V. Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. While at Brown, Pierre founded Hip Hop 4, a nonprofit organization that develops artistic and cultural programming to empower youth and young adults in underprivileged communities. He works with the U.S. Department of State and other partners to explore the role of local artists and activists in urban social development through cultural exchange programs. In addition to his work as a community organizer, Pierre is an advocate for health care rights at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.