The From the Barrio Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to using author Robert Renteria’s life, business experience, and role as a civic leader to help eliminate conditions that foster violence, delinquency, drugs, and gangs. The book From the Barrio to the Board Room is a tool and Robert Renteria is a resource who promotes education, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and self-esteem within the youth of our communities.

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We’re raising money for education! Your donation goes directly to placing the book into the hands of our youth through schools, programs and organizations across America who cannot otherwise afford to purchase books.


Several years ago, a young man approached Robert and wanted to know the secret to getting himself a “phat” ride like Robert’s new Mercedes. When Robert told him the secret was hard work, the boy actually listened and appreciated the advice. At that moment, Robert realized that countless children, teenagers, and adults are walking around-lost in a culture of darkness-and he needed to do something about it. He partnered with writer and publisher Corey Michael Blake in April 2006, and From the Barrio to the Board Room was born.

Released in February 2008, the book has been endorsed by mayors and state representatives, utilized by universities, high schools, middle schools, youth prisons, jails, juvenile justice centers, battered women’s shelters, foster homes, and social services and youth groups. It has been profiled in major media, including WGN and Univision, and print publications such as USA Today, The Chicago Sun Times, La Opinion, La Raza, Hoy, and Hispanic Executive Quarterly.

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The From the Barrio Foundation is currently implementing From the Barrio to the Classroom in Chicago Public Schools and schools and youth prisons around the country. To view where the program is being utilized see our program usage page.

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"After reading From the Barrio to the Board Room, Mary quit her job and started her own private practice." "I was afraid but I read his book and it inspired me, and I thought, "I can do this," and then I started to put my plan into action." - Mary McMillan Clinical Social Worker
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