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2011 ASPIRA Public Policy Leadership Program Tallahassee Trip


On March 16, 2011, a total of 16 ASPIRANTES from Miami-Dade County visited the State Capitol in Tallahassee for three days. These students represented the ASPIRA Public Policy and Leadership Program (APPLP), an ASPIRA program dedicated to the development of young adults who want to learn about government, the policy-making process and how to get important issues to the forefront of the community.

The ASPIRANTES were honored to meet Senator Anitere Flores and Senator René Garcia from the Florida Senate. The students also had the privilege to speak with Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto's Assistant, Megan Kossove, who shared her experience in the Senate House.

In addition, the ASPIRANTES participated in a State Farm workshop with Mr. Jose Soto that focused on Public Policy and Teenage driving. Mr. Soto provided facts and statistics about teen driving and also motivated the students to vote when age appropriate; students learned that being involved in the community and political processes was the key to their success.

ASPIRANTES enjoyed college tours to Florida State University in Tallahassee, University of Florida in Gainesville, and University of Central Florida in Orlando. The walking campus tours allowed students to see each campus including academic buildings, residence halls, dining halls, and athletic fields. ASPIRANTES had the opportunity to share with college students who in addition to pointing out campus highlights, answered student's questions; these students included two ASPIRANTES: Reginald Guillaume, current sophomore at UCF and Kristen Pawly, in her second year at Valencia College.

The ASPIRANTES enjoyed the trip thoroughly and look forward to learning more about the government and how they can get their voices heard.

Written by: Nathalia Marin, Youth Advisor

Funded by: The Children's Trust