The Angellyh Yambo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness in the community against the numerous acts of gun violence in The Bronx, New York, and across the nation.

The Angellyh Yambo Foundation is committed to the community and other nonprofit organizations that assist victims of gun violence with the goal of educating the public through awareness, youth programs/education, and prevention strategies in hopes of saving another innocent child from death by gun violence.

VALUE Statement

At the Angellyh Yambo Foundation, we believe that youth are the future of our communities. We work to inspire and empower youth through targeted programs that help improve their lives and make them feel safe in their communities. We work to prevent gun violence through advocacy and support.


As a family, we are grieving the unbearable loss of our beloved Angellyh Yambo, who was shot and killed on April 8, 2022, while walking home from school in the Melrose section of The Bronx.

Angellyh, an honor student, had walked only 1,597 feet from her school, the University Prep Charter High School campus in the South Bronx, when she was struck by a bullet fired by a 17-year-old’s “ghost gun.” The perpetrator was shooting from across the street allegedly at a rival gang member when his bullet hit Angellyh in the chest.

The sudden death of Angellyh left us in shock and in disbelief. She had just celebrated her Sweet Sixteen with our family and friends. Angellyh was full of life, but her dreams of growing up to be a cosmetologist, becoming an entrepreneur, and going to medical school in The Bronx were completely shattered. Through our grief, we are honoring the memory of Angellyh through this foundation.

We are working to ensure that all youth in our community will have the opportunity to pursue their education, obtain new skills, and begin careers. We want the next generation of parents and leaders to be engaged in the education of their children; we will be providing a scholarship award program for disadvantaged students, and program strategies targeting youth in vulnerable populations at risk.

One of the first issues we need to focus on is “ghost guns.” A ghost gun is an unregulated firearm that is purchased piece by piece on the internet and then assembled. Anyone can purchase the parts and assemble the pieces. The weapons have no serial numbers, therefore, are untraceable. This was the type of gun that killed our beloved Angellyh.

On August 24th, 2022 President Biden signed a federal rule which bans the business of manufacturing the most accessible ghost guns, such as unserialized “buy build shoot” kits that individuals can buy online or at a store without a background check and can readily assemble into a working firearm in as little as 30 minutes with the equipment they have at home. This rule clarifies that these kits qualify as “firearms” under the Gun Control Act and that commercial manufacturers of such kits must therefore become licensed and include serial numbers on the kits’ frame or receiver, and commercial sellers of these kits must become federally licensed and run background checks prior to a sale – just like they have to do with other commercially-made firearms. via the White House, Washington DC.

Our mission is to advocate for gun violence prevention. We believe that it’s important that the American people, especially our children, are protected from the consequences of gun violence, and we’re hopeful that in our communication with US Congressman Ritchie Torres, he will help introduce a bill highlighting the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act, to increase mandatory minimum sentences, expand the gun free zones, and add a new language for Charter Schools and Ghost Guns. The Gun Free Zones Act has not been amended for over a quarter of a century. There is ample evidence that the availability of firearms is much higher in the 21st century and our kids need to be protected.

Please help us continue Angellyh’s legacy and save the next child from gun violence. 


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Our Leaders

Mary Hernandez

CEO, and Founder

CEO and Founder of the Angellyh Yambo Foundation is a dedicated daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who has taken on one of the biggest challenges of her life. After the tragic murder of her niece Angellyh Yambo, Mary began a foundation to commemorate her niece. Her drive to make a change in the community led her to create The Bronx-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Angellyh Yambo Foundation, Inc.

Born and raised in The Bronx to a Puerto Rican Father and an Ecuadorian Mother, Mary has seen the many changes The Bronx has undergone. Tragedy and loss have not deterred her from receiving an M.B.A. in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Managerial Analytics with distinction. After the loss of her beloved father at a crucial age, Mary worked hard to climb up the ranks in the corporate world.

Francesca DiBlasi

Francesca DiBlasi has been working as a School Counselor at University Prep since 2013.  However, she started her career as a Counselor in NYC DOE Transfer Schools back in 2007.  During her 17 years as a counselor, she developed a passion for working with young people, identifying student needs and developing interventions to ensure student success.  Ms. DiBlasi enjoys being an advocate for young people and working with students to empower them and help them find their voice. Ms. DiBlasi had the privilege of being Angellyh Yambo’s counselor during her freshman year at UPrep. She had the opportunity to work closely with Angellyh and developed a strong relationship with her.  She feels blessed to have known her, to have loved her and to continue to pursue justice in Angie’s honor.  Ms. DiBlasi’s favorite words to live by are “You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

Yanely Henriquez

Yanely Henriquez, was born in the Dominican Republic where she lived with her parents and sister. Yanely describes her childhood as wonderful, filled with love, morals, and structure. Yanely’s parents migrated to the USA in 1989. During this trip, Yanely and her sister remained with their maternal grandmother but later came to the US at the age of 9. The family resided in Riverside Drive by the Hudson River with an aunt who allowed the family to stay until they were able to move to Washington Heights. Her daughter, Angellyh was 16 years old when she was tragically taken and while Yanely struggles every day, she knows that she must continue to work towards making sure Angellyh’s legacy lives on. The Angellyh Yambo Foundation will work towards bringing awareness to the community on gun violence and the effects it has on mothers and families. Yanely currently works for Phipps Neighborhoods as a Case Manager. She has been with this company for 14 years working diligently while raising her three children.

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