Cynthia Pena | cynthia@wearebecoming.org
Executive Director 

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Cynthia has over 15 years of experience working with young girls and women, as a Ministry leader. Currently, she holds a position on the Women of Promise Committee at Promised Land Covenant Church (PLCC), serving the women in the church and the community through mentoring, counseling, teaching, team building, organizing and implementing outreach events in the community.

Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College and has worked at Bellevue Hospital. She currently is working as a Public Health Nurse for the NYC DOHMH. Raised her son as a single mother until she married her husband, Tito in 2012. Cynthia loves to read and dance. Her home has been used as a haven for homeless, underserved young adults.  She holds to heart the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:36 as her statement to living life – “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”


The concept of We Are Becoming (WAB) was birthed from conversations over coffee between Helen Tay and Stella Sunwoo. The idea was initially centered around helping young boys who were being targeted and exploited in the commercial sex industry. However, in the course of their research, they discovered that there was a clear lack of services for vulnerable young people who were homeless and/or aged out of foster care system.

Inspired by both Benjamin Franklin who said, that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God”, they decided to focus on reaching young people who were at the highest risk to be trafficked and homeless and help guide them on a different path.

In 2018, Helen and Stella connected with the leaders of the women’s ministry team of Promised Land Covenant Church (PLCC). And through much prayer and consideration, have passed the work of WAB to be continued under the leadership of Cynthia Pena as PLCC’s Parachurch Ministry to serve the vulnerable young population of the Bronx Community.