Meet Eddie Pabon, author of The Son Will Rise In December
Eddie Pabon has devoted over 15 years implementing, building, and sustaining behavioral health programs to diverse populations and communities in NYC. After a lifetime of homelessness, abandonment and abuse, Eddie became deeply passionate about connecting with and inspiring others to overcome health disparities, poor support systems and habitual self-destructive behavior.
As a peer educator at People of Color In Crisis from 2004-06, he traveled to the CDC in Atlanta twice to assist in the development of structural change initiatives for youth. Eddie has collaborated with Human Relations Media to produce an educational video for HIV/AIDS prevention hosted by rapper and actor Bow Wow. During this time he sat on the Planning Board for the official NYC Black Pride events.
As a Public Ally in 2007, he dedicated 1700 volunteer hours in 10 months for which he received the “Spirit of Diligence in Service Award”. From 2007 – 2015 he worked as a CASAC at Services For The Underserved. There he directly served in multiple substance abuse programs, managing homeless shelters, and providing care coordination in correctional settings in collaboration with the Department of Corrections and Department of Health.
Eddie noticed a clear correlation between lack of education and support and unhealthy mental and physical health practices in youth causing cyclic traumatic outcomes like incarceration, disease, homelessness, mental illness and early death.
In 2015 He suffered a traumatic car accident and changed the course of his life by creating LaLecheDelArte.com where he photographs light and love in the moment. In 2018 Eddie became an author releasing “The Son Will Rise in December” a hit memoir he shares to inspire anyone facing significant hardship and trauma. Recently Eddie became a member of the Bronx Borough President’s LGBT Policy Task Force. Additionally he is Chairman of the Board to Public Allies NY supporting the mission to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Currently Eddie provides youth groups, bookclubs, and motivational workshops around the world promoting messages of self-empowerment and LOVE.