Yari Pares is known to audiences as Porta Rock.
Mr. Pares attended the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, where he earned a bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and two years later, his master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. While living in Puerto Rico Mr. Pares worked with the Upward Bound Program helping the youth there. Upon his return to Newark, NJ he was hired by NPS to work in his childhood high school in which he attended for 2 years. He is currently a school guidance counselor at East Side High School in the city of Newark. Yari is a known writer, poet and activist using his talent to transmit lessons and messages of identity and social protest to the masses. He has been a speaker at various colleges and universities in both Puerto Rico and New Jersey including many schools throughout the city of Newark. Yari has also collaborated with various organizations within the city of Newark to help and serve the community. This year Mr. Pares was recognized by the Newark Municipal Council as Puerto Rican Poet of the year as well as received a Senate Citation commending and praising Mr. Pares for his dedication, commitment and willingness to help. Mr. Pares has also realized his dream of publishing his first book of poetry titled
FROM THE BRICKS I RISE: REFLECTIONS FROM A PORTA ROCK.