College and Career Track Manager
Why Miami Children’s Initiative?
Not only do I love the work that MCI does, but I also appreciate the way in which it is done. MCI sees the talent and potential in every resident of Liberty City and approaches its work with respect, honesty, innovation and compassion. It is an organization that encourages the ideas and initiative from its staff and makes us feel like we are part of a transformational movement in Liberty City. Most importantly, I feel at home at MCI.
What’s the best part of your work?
The residents that we serve! I have the privilege of working out of the community space and supporting the adults in the Impact Zone. The residents have let me into their lives as they pursue their career and educational goals. I get to experience with them their large and small victories and am incredibly grateful for these moments.
What’s your most memorable MCI experience?
My most memorable MCI experience has to be chaperoning the teens on our college trip. Last winter, we took 12 teens to visit colleges in North Carolina. There were many firsts for most of the kids on the trip – first time leaving Florida, first visit to a college campus and first time seeing snow. I loved experiencing everything through their eyes. It happened to be freezing while we were there, and it snowed! We took a day trip to the mountains, and the kids got to snow tube and start many snowball fights. The trip was so special, and the kids still talk about it today.
How has MCI impacted your life?
I came to MCI because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Little did I realize that it would be me that would be impacted the most. I have witnessed the strength, resiliency, determination and hope of Liberty City residents in the face adversity. I will forever be reminded of what is needed to overcome life’s biggest challenges.
Please name your favorite childhood character real or imaginary.
Annie. She rocks.