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Civic Leadership Fellows Program (CLF): Current Fellows

The Civic Leadership Fellows program matches Federal Work-Study eligible students at Miami Dade College (MDC) who will be Changemakers with an organization dedicated to improving the community and working for the public good.

2022-2023 Fellows

Pronouns: She/Her

Host Site: Touching Miami with Love

Title: America Reads Tutor

Home Campus: Homestead 

Major: Psychology

Yasmine Finales grew up in Homestead, Florida ever since she was born. She started tutoring at her high school as a volunteering service and grew to love it the more she worked with children. She aspires to be a child psychologist one day and tutoring children at Touching Miami with Love is a step toward that goal

Pronouns: They/Them

Host Site: Touching Miami

Title: America Reads tutor

Home Campus: Homestead

Major: English Literature

Noah Garcia is a second-year student currently studying English and Literature at Miami Dade College, Homestead campus. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, by a Cuban immigrant, single mother, Noah became involved in activism at an early age. They plan on graduating from MDC with their associate degree, to then eventually transfer to FIU to pursue their bachelor’s degree. Their goals are to foster change within marginalized communities and to assist those in need. Noah has undertaken two undergraduate research projects through the Humanities Edge Research Program focusing on subjects such as gender discrimination, queer literature, and climate change. They are currently working as an America Reads tutor at Touching Miami with Love in West Homestead.

Pronouns: He/Him

Host Site: Catalyst Miami

Title: Leadership Advocacy Fellow

Home Campus: Hialeah

Major: Biology

Christian was born in Cuba but raised in Quebec, Canada. He moved to Florida in 2019. He received a pre-university diploma in Health Sciences from Collège Jean-de-Brebeuf in Montreal. His involvement with community service and volunteering started at the age of 12. He has volunteered with a variety of organizations such as Amnesty International, nursing homes and neurological rehabilitation centers. He is currently on the path of completing his Associate in Biology with the final goal being medical school.

Prior to joining the iCED team, Christian worked with MDC at the New Student Center of the Hialeah Campus with the Recruitment department. There he was able to develop his customer service skills. Before that, he worked as a Quality Analyst for Healthy Connections CMHC where he was able to round out his healthcare experience by learning about the administrative and clinical sides of the field.

Christian is deeply passionate about helping minorities to not only achieve their deserved equal rights but also to thrive in society. This can only be accomplished by updating the current societal systems of support that are in place which is what he aims to help Catalyst Miami achieve as their Leadership Advocacy Intern through iCED's Civic Leadership Fellows program.

Pronouns: She/Her 

Host Site: Miami Dade Area Health Education Center (MDAHEC) 

Title: Community Health Fellow

Home Campus: North 

Major: Law Enforcement 

Linda Trotman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the state of Florida. Linda learned at a young age the important values of being respectful, honest, and working hard.  Linda was inspired at St. John’s Baptist Church and daycare to always help others. Linda found herself assisting the staff with the younger children until her seventh-grade year when she began a summer job working with children. She continued to participate in community events that involved helping struggling families and community cleanup programs through her church throughout her college years at Barry University.  She found helping others rewarding and chose to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  Linda was able to explore her passion further at MDAHEC, a community organization that keeps communities aware of health outcomes

Pronouns: He/Him 

Host Site: Programming Assistant

Title: Computer Science

Home Campus: Homestead

Major: Computer Science

Rodolfo Rodriguez is a student at MDC- Homestead Campus, born and raised in Florida. They are currently studying Computer Science with a few coding projects under his belt. Rodolfo is dedicated to learning new skills and helping his family whenever he can. 

Pronouns: She/Her 

Host Site: Touching Miami with Love

Title: Communications and Program Fellow

Home Campus: Homestead

Major: Biology 

Nya was born and raised in Miami, FL. She moved to Homestead in 2021. Currently, she is pursuing her AA degree in Biology and her initiative is to become an OB (Obstetrician). With her Doctorate, she desires to one day own a non-profit Obstetrician Clinic that is open to the community. That achievement was generated through the weekly food distribution that her Church hosts. Her involvement with her community began at the age of 10. Through Good News Ministries’ food distribution, she has firsthand experienced the true joy it is to give unto your community by setting up boxes of produce that also included can goods, poultry, and sweets for people who were in need. Nya’s deep aspiration is to help her community in any way possible and to gain the proper traits to do so. To fulfill this goal, she strives to learn from Touching Miami with Love and be the product of such things.