Miami Children's Team: Deborah  Nunez

Deborah Nunez

Program Manager Education

Why Miami Children’s Initiative?

Liberty City has been a community in need for years. It has been consistently ignored, even when promises have been made. Miami Children’s Initiative is truly making a difference in the lives of the residents it serves. Whole families are finally getting the attention they truly deserve with a true wrap around continuum of services.  Being able to be a part of this initiative and working the residents, and with the professionals at Miami Children’s Initiative is truly an honor.

What’s the best part of your work?

successful and having the self-esteem and self-confidence to dream. This comes with education. When children can achieve educationally, and feel success they are empowered. My life’s work has always been about advocating for children and those who cannot advocate for themselves by supporting their development into self-sufficient, confident, independent successful people. Being able to watch that transformation is the best part of my work.

What’s your most memorable MCI experience?

My most memorable experience at MCI is being a part of the special events that are provided for our residents. This year our holiday toy party for the children ended up being on a very rainy day.  Through the rain and wind, our parents and staff still made it a special day for the children. ALL of the adults worked together as a team to give the children a wonderful day filled with fun. MCI is a family, building the community together.

How has MCI impacted your life?   

MCI has reaffirmed my belief that poverty should never be a barrier for anyone in the United States of America.  All people deserve respect and consideration no matter their level of economic ability. Unfortunately, that is not a reality in Miami. Working at MCI has increased my determination to help the Liberty City community become relevant to the “powers that be” so that true change happens.

Please name your favorite childhood character real or imaginary.

My favorite childhood character was Cinderella.  She had to overcome being treated unfairly, being disrespected as a person, and being taken advantage of. However, her hard work, determination and positive outlook on life brought her to a place where she realized her dream. 

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