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Young Women of Today, Owning Our Future: a Leadership Conference

On Friday, May 6, 2011, ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., Miami-Dade Division held its 21st Annual Young Muchachas Conference at Miami-Dade College, North Campus. More than 100 female ASPIRANTES, guests and staff who participated.

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The Conference launched with opening remarks by Aymet Chaples, ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., Interim President & CEO and Dr. José A. Vicente, President, Miami-Dade College, North Campus. Their words helped set the tone for the Conference and encouraged the ASPIRANTES to focus their education and success will follow.

young muchachas conference luz webAmong the presenters was the Honorable Commissioner Luz Urbáez Weinberg, City of Aventura and proud ASPIRANTE. Commissioner Urbáez Weinberg shared her journey from a leading ASPIRANTE to successful business woman and public servant. She stressed the importance for all people 18 years old or older to register to vote and have their voices heard in order to create the change they seek.

young muchachas conference bullying webThroughout the Conference, students learned about the following topics: bullying, careers of today and the future, college readiness and preparation, and healthy relationships. Speakers included: Donna Bivona, LMHC and Carmen Ramirez from Women in Distress of Broward County; Georgette Perez, New Student Center; young muchachas conference mentoring webOfficer Villard, City of Miami Police Department; Luisa M. Bravo of L M Bravo & Associates; Janice Garcia; Claudia Lima, The Boss Company; Pilar Velez; Ana T. Perez; Gloria Camacho, Aceneth, LLC; and Ana D. Corrales. The ASPIRANTES also enjoyed a college tour of the Miami-Dade College, North Campus.

During the event, the distinct honor of the Dra. Antonia Pantoja Founder's Award was presented to Sherna Joseph, William H. Turner Technical Arts High School. This award is bestowed upon a female ASPIRANTE who shows great leadership, academic excellence and commitment to the community while overcoming great challenges. Sherna exemplifies what it means to be an ASPIRANTE and is well-deserving of this honor.

Lastly, a special "thank you" to our special guests: Luis Chiles, Club Liaison - Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Isabel Rodriguez-Dehmer, ASPIRA of Florida Governing Board member & MDC Associate Professor, Manuel Ruiz, III, CLC Risk Services & Miami-Dade Local Advisory Council Secretary, and Santa Estevez, Friend of ASPIRA.