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Special Delivery – Gabriela Rojas

Background Since arriving in the US at the age of 10, Rojas has put herself front and center when it comes to community service. As a teenager, Rojas volunteered her time with Autism Speaks and organized fundraisers for low-income families...

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Brandon Okpalobi: A DREAM Realized

Background A native of New Orleans, Okpalobi graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Computer Information Systems after walking on the Division 1 basketball team and earning a scholarship his senior year. Though he had worked for...

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Answering The Call

Background Fittingly, Shutes' career background in clinical mental health and crisis work has largely informed and supported his desire to help others in the South Florida community, but his volunteer roots go way back. “I became involved with community service...

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Daniella Maya: Flying High

Background Now a freshman at the University of Central Florida, Daniella Maya found a passion for community service as a sophomore in high school via community service and honors organizations at Killian Senior High School. Maya had a hand in...

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Strength in Numbers

Background The child of Cuban immigrants, Akar says she saw firsthand how grateful her family was for the support of family, friends and community when they arrived in the United States. “They taught my brothers and me to always help...

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The Equine Connection

“My time at Good Hope is filled with memorable moments of riders being able to accomplish something they did not think was possible. The connection between horses and people is strong and healing.” Background Brigham’s dedication to serving her community...

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Girl Power: Patricia Cruz

Background A mother of four (three daughters and one son), Cruz moved to Miami at age eight and spent her youth participating in various community service activities (including dressing up as Santa during a holiday party at a migrant camp)....

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Julio C. Barrionuevo

Background Like many others who have placed great emphasis on community service, Julio Barrionuevo was inspired by the resilience of his own family, citing his mother as his greatest source of motivation. Though she lost her husband when Barrionuevo was...

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Challenging Expectations

In February, Haley Moss made national headlines as the first openly-autistic attorney to pass the Florida Bar. But the UM graduate, who now works for Zumpano Patricios in Coral Gables, is hardly a stranger to attention. Diagnosed at age three,...

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