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MESSAGE FROM MARGARITA CEPEDA

Margarita Cepeda Executive Director, UNIDAD OF Miami Beach, Inc

For the past nine years, UNIDAD of Miami Beach, Inc. has offered a unique and innovative youth development and leadership program aimed at providing inner city youth with the opportunity to reach higher, dream bigger, and work smarter while achieving life and career goals. The goal of the New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute is to help prepare today’s youth to excel in tomorrow’s workforce and in their lives overall. This year, enrollment was so successful that a waiting list had to be developed. Of the 386 participants registered, 65 were chosen for Level I of the institute after an exhaustive selection process with trainers and counselors.These youth completed weeks of intensive workshops and training, demonstrating their commitment to the development of leadership skills and to their futures. While many high school students spent their summer at the beach, our graduates were hard at work developing skills and achieving goals. In 2014, 35 of those exhibiting the greatest leadership potential will participate in Level II of the Institute. Today, we celebrate the graduation of the 65 exceptional youth who have completed Level I of the New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute. Join us in recognizing their achievements! During 2013-2014 we anticipate that hundreds more youth will participate in the program. Visit our website for program updates through the year at www.unidadmb.org.

MESSAGE FROM RICK BEASLEY To the Graduating Class of 2013 South Florida Workforce congratulates you on your successful completion of the New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute. Now that you have completed the program, we are certain that you are prepared to meet challenges that will be put before you as you venture into the workforce. This experience will open doors to career possibilities and help you build a future as a productive citizen in a changing world. It takes determination, dedication and perseverance to become self-sufficient by today’s workforce standards and you are well on your way. As you gain additional experience, we are confident that you will provide solid leadership, and be innovative and creative in performing assigned tasks. You have also grown to appreciate the meaning of teamwork. South Florida Workforce wishes you every success as you embark upon this milestone in your career. Be assured of our continued support. Stay focused, keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars. We are all predicting a brilliant future for you.

Rick Beasley Executive Director, South Florida Workforce Investment Board

Again, congratulation and best wishes!

If you have suggestions for volunteer speakers, field trip experiences, funding sources, sponsors or other program resources, please contact: Ms. Margarita Cepeda at: mcepeda@unidadmb.org.

A NOTABLE EXAMPLE OF EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP

Matilde Herrera Bower, Honorable Mayor of Miami Beach

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Mayor Matilde “Matti” Bower was first elected to the Miami Beach Commission in November 1999. She was elected as the first female and first Hispanic Mayor in 2007. It was just the latest in a long series of firsts for this tenacious community activist. Mayor Bower started out more than 30 years ago as a PTA mom, fighting to save an elementary school in danger of closing. She also joined the fight to save the historic Art Deco District in South Beach, which led her into yet another battle to help create decent affordable housing for the elderly and young families. Throughout her career, Mayor Bower has used her passion to empower all residents in this diverse community. As Mayor, she has expanded that mission to include protecting and promoting the economic vitality of Miami Beach, so that all can prosper together. She co-founded UNIDAD of Miami Beach, Inc. and was involved in giving a start to the New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute. Mayor Matti Bower is always our honored guest, and a notable example of exemplary leadership.

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Outstanding Community Leadership Honorable Judge Andrew Hague

Deborah Markham-Ruggiero

Judge, State of Florida, Keynote Speaker

Executive Director, Teen Job Corp

A resident of Miami for over 30 years, Judge Andrew S. Hague has served the community for his entire professional career. Miami-Dade County Court Judge Andrew Hague went to college with plans for medicine. But all that changed with a psychology class story about a murder. A New Orleans judge visited his abnormal psychology class. He talked about the case of a man who brutally killed his roommate with a ball-peen hammer. “In that hour and 15 minutes I decided I was changing my major from biology to psychology,” Hague said. “I was going to graduate with a psychology degree, I was going to go to law school, and I was going to prosecute homicides.”

He started with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office after finishing law school in 1982 and stayed there until he became a judge in 1996. As a prosecutor, he spent six months in county court and six weeks in juvenile. By 1983, he became county court division chief. By 1984, he was economic crimes division chief and chief of the newly formed gang prosecutions unit. Three years later, he became special prosecutor in the organized crime and public corruption unit. Three years after that, he was a special assistant statewide prosecutor and prosecuted the first statewide gang racketeering case. By the time he left, he was a major crimes prosecutor, handling high-profile homicides. In 1994, though, he was ready for a new challenge. “Someone told me, ‘Don’t complain about the judges. Be a judge.’ He ran for circuit court and lost. In 1996, he tried for county court. Judge Hague been on the bench ever since, including seven years as an acting circuit judge. He has been in a county court criminal division since January 2011.

Deborah Markham-Ruggiero is a former business owner of the North Beach area of Miami Beach. She attended Williams College for Women then went on to Miami Dade Community College where she studied Liberal Arts. For the past 14 years she has held various executive and volunteer positions, contributing greatly to the well being of our community and children and families. She has been part of the Miami-Dade County PTA/PTSA Executive Board for over18 years. Her work includes being the producer and moderator of “Parenting Tree”. Ms. Markham-Ruggiero has served on the Education Excellence Committee at Biscayne Elementary School since 1989. She has worked with the Peace Education Foundation as a facilitator for their Certified Resolution Workshop since 1998. From 1998 to 2001 she worked with the Miami Dade County Office of Community Development, Office of Youth and Family Services, Community Development and Outreach Committee. From 1999 to 2005 she served on the City of Miami Beach North Shore Park and Youth Center Oversight Committee. She also served on the North Beach Development Corporation Board of Directors. Ms. Markham-Ruggiero has worked for Teen Job Corps in various capacities for many years and serves today as Executive Director. The goal of Teen Job Corps is to enable at-risk, low-income youth to develop into successful adults, entering proudly into today’s workforce and beyond. She was given the AYUDA Award for Volunteer Service in 2002. In 2006 she was awarded the North Beach Development Corporation Award for Community Leadership and in 2007 she was a recipient of the City of Miami Beach “Women Worth Knowing” award.

Marilyn Figueroa Henry E. Marines, Esq. Attorney Henry E. Marines was born and raised in New York City and has been practicing law since 1999. He received his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Attorney Marines has a general practice with a focus on criminal defense and appeals, bankruptcy, insurance claims, foreclosure defense, loan modifications and real estate law. Prior to beginning his practice in Miami, Attorney Marines was an Assistant District Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney for the Office of the District Attorney in King's County, New York. Attorney Henry E. Marines has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern & Middle Districts of Florida, the District Courts for the Eastern and Southern District of New York, and the District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He has also been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuit.

Project 305 Rise, College Entrance Program A group of students had been part of the 2011 Miami Dade Cohort of the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative. After their training the students returned home determined to give back by empowering young minority leaders in Miami. With the help and support Harvard faculty and staff, they conducted a two-day program for students at Miami Dade College, were 20 attendees engaged in team-building activities, learned networking skills, set goals and developed their personal narrative as a catalyst for social change. 305 Rise was founded. Graduates have gone on to accept leadership positions and become involved in a variety of student-led initiatives on and off campus. Marilyn Figueroa, now a sociology major, was deeply impacted by the program: “I started Miami Dade College with no direction and little hope, believing that because I was at a community college my life would be limited to only the world around me.” Figueroa and some of the other 305 Rise graduates are working to make 305 Rise an official school organization; their first initiative is to create a student-led trip to Harvard. "305 Rise inspired me to dream bigger, work harder, help more, and become a dedicated leader,” Figueroa said of the impact of the program, “and it left me with the hope that I can effect change in my community."

Attorney Henry E. Marines is currently a member of: The Florida Bar Association,The New York Bar Association,The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Attorneys Title Insurance Fund. He was a former little league coach for the Boys Club of New York and also worked with at risk kids in low income areas. From 2006 to 2009 he served as a volunteer and Attorney at Litem for foster children. Additionally, Mr. Marines at the age of 24 was elected to the New York City School System in 1996.

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Elena Brouwer International Etiquette Centre

Mileyka Burgos, MA Facilitator, Trainer

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Elena Brouwer is an internationally recognized etiquette, protocol and customer service expert, certified by the protocol School of Washington D.C. Along with her team, Elena offers corporate training seminars on business and dining manners, plus public speaking workshops. These seminars provide future and present leaders with the business tools to be more effective in daily interactions. Elena travels internationally as a speaker, educator, and presenter. In addition, she is an instructor of etiquette and communication courses at the University of Miami and the Florida Small Business Development Centers. Elena serves as Ambassador of Commerce of Florida At-Large by the International Business Council of Florida and as a board member of the Miami Council for International Visitors.

Mileyka Burgos believes that happy employees will produce more…. and they won’t even notice! Her methodology is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the understanding that creativity and ingenuity flourish when the right ingredients are present. She thoroughly enjoys bringing harmony and synergy to workplaces around the world as well as seeing her clients thrive by tapping into the human element. Ms. Burgos attended the University of Miami where she earned her BA in Communications. She later received a Masters in Performing Arts Management from Florida International University. Her professional experience ranges from working in programs and productions at NBC/Telemundo to orchestrating concerts at Florida International University, as well as managing marketing campaigns. In 2007, she launched Picture Perfect Planning, LLC, a corporate events management company aiming to connect organizations with employees and clients to increase loyalty, synergy and involvement. Mileyka was also an adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix and City College, where she imparted communication classes. Since arriving in Miami in 1998, she has volunteered with various nonprofit organizations including: LULAC, Dominican American National Foundation, Padres Brillantes, Educate Tomorrow, Casimiro Foundation, as well as the Miami Dade and Broward County Public School Systems. She also founded the United Dominicans Association at the University of Miami in 1999.Through these organizations she mentors students, organizes toy & food drives, provides scholarships and inspires others to reach their optimum potential.

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Alechia Reese

President and CEO of Hardge Management, Inc.

Founder and and CEO of The Girl Rethought Project, Inc.

Mr. Hardge, is President and CEO of Hardge Management Inc., a family owned and operated Real Estate and Development Company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Alechia Reese is a native of Sarasota, FL. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2008 at Florida International University and went on to receive her Master’s in Business Administration in 2012. She is the Founder and CEO of the Girl Rethought Project, Inc., a social service organization that is seeking true social change in the community starting with young women. Specialized service offerings include empowerment seminars, interactive workshops, and life-changing yearlong programs that not only challenge each individual to see beyond the basics, but also seek to provide a road-map to do so. This is achieved through the acceptance of the past, the recognition of responsibilities, the formation of attainable goals, and the development of a life that is driven by one’s true purpose. The focus is on the mental, emotional, educational, & financial enrichment of each individual to help transform their dreams into realities. Everything begins and ends with a thought; change your thoughts and you will change your life.

He is a motivational speaker, writer, author, producer and artist whose foundation for life is built on success quotes, universal principals, and Biblical scriptures. An advocate for assisting both young people and adults to develop inwardly to create success in their lives, he wrote a book and produced an album to further the cause.

T R A C - TEAM BUILDING CHALLEGE Training-FIU- for Level II- Advanced Leadership

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Margie K. La Belle

FIU Professor and owner of Meeting and Travel Consultants, Inc.

Ms. La Belle’s areas of expertise includes corporate meeting planning with major companies, on-site meeting management, and hospitality coordination for national and international events, event and banquet planning. She is qualified by her BS degree in Hospitality Management and her MS degree in Hotel and Food Service Management from Florida International University. She has more than 38 years of experience in the Hospitality Management field, 26 years with a major airline and 12 years teaching Hospitality Management related courses at Florida International University, Florida Memorial College and Miami-Dade Community College. She is currently an adjunct professor at FIU and a principal owner of Meeting and Travel Consultants, Inc.

Juan P. Casimiro

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Maria T. Barranco Owner of Vida Training Center LLC

Co-Creator of 7 Mindsets, Inc and Founder/Chairman of Casimiro Global Foundation

Juan is considered one of the nation's leading experts on youth empowerment and personal achievement. Over the past 21 years he has coached 125,000 students plus thousands of teachers and parents through interactive, high-energy workshops that deliver lifelong lessons. Juan has delivered programs on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, sustainability, and youth success throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He has co-authored several books including Making It! A Teen's Guide to Turning Your Hobbies, Skills and Dreams into Entrepreneurial Success. His accomplishments and those of his students have been featured in a variety of media including CNN, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Juan's work has been featured in eight US Embassies and at leading universities such as USC, Columbia, and Harvard in addition to leading international institutions. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and began his career as a special education teacher in New York City.

Lourdes Triana Executive Director of VIDA Training Center

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Maria T. Barranco graduated from Florida International University in 1988 with a BS in Business Administration and International Marketing. She was Co-founder and Director of Happy Start Child Care & Kindergarten. She then joined Family Central Inc. working in the areas of community liaison, community relations and children’s sdvocacy. She also worked with PriceSmart Inc. in Membership Wholesale for Central America and the Caribbean. Since 2007 she has been in the field of safety and health training, in CPR and First Aid – EMS training. She has incorporated and currently manages her own ASHI approved training center, Vida Training Center LLC, and is an advocate for having more linguistic sensitivity trainings in the state and federally mandated core competencies for direct care givers in our health care system.

Lourdes Triana is the Executive Director of VIDA Training Center, a Health and Safety Institute Approved Center, that works to advance the health care provider workforce through education, research and advocacy. Lourdes also currently serves as a staff member for Unity on the Bay, a faith based community, as Education and Family Ministry Program Director. She has developed a Sunday School Program, managed by over 30 volunteers, and a Summer Camp Program which serves the population of low resource families. Her involvement with Unity on the Bay started in the year 2000 when she organized a group of volunteers and developed training programs for teenagers detained at the Juvenile Justice System. She was a co-founder of Empowering Youth, a non-profit which focused its efforts to offer job opportunities for the youth leaving the Juvenile Justice System with the strategic objective to decrease recidivism rate. Lourdes has been involved with community outreach for over 20 years, working to help communities organize around issues of environmental and social justice; and assisting families in improving their quality of life.

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Dade County Federal Credit Union recently created a Gen-Y Committee to focus on educating and promoting financial services and products to students. Although information about banking is vital to adults, there is a great need to inform students about the concept of money management as early as possible. The Gen Y committee consists of 12 employees from all different departments. This diverse group of employees can see different perspectives of the credit union and are able to use their knowledge to assist in the endeavor to educate current and future Gen Y members. The main goal is to visit high schools, colleges, and universities and educate the youth about Credit Unions, products and services through Financial Literacy Seminars.

The Village South is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit charitable organization approved as a Medicaid provider and fully licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), for the provision of prevention, intervention and education services, and residential and outpatient substance abuse and behavioral health treatment. Founded in 1973, The Village is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Village provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in residential, outpatient, home-based, and community-based environments. Outpatient and outreach services are provided to more than 10,000 individuals annually. Project STYLE is a comprehensive, integrated substance abuse and HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to provide age-appropriate services to young adults (ages 18 to 24) living in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Some of the services offered include: educational group sessions on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and substance abuse; free risk-reduction counseling; free HIV testing; and linkages to other related community resources.

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Quavanda Flowers

Veronica Grant

Sheldine Louis-juste

Omisaylet Palomino

Bryan Barrahona

Jeff Carreno

Andrew Cledanor

Leonardo Quintana

Zikeria Wallace

Lizandra Alba

Daniel Gonzalez

Adlih Reyes

Hugo Delgado

Anthony Turner

Enzo Ocsas

Amanda Lenza

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Craig Gilbert

Antwon Gilbert

Noemi Gonzalez Quevedo

Salisstein Hall

Hunter Handy

Makeesha Hayes

Willie Hill

Solmeshia Hooks

Lisander Jimenez

Keytron Jordan

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Shikeyah Z. Gumbs

Carlos Mato

Jimyis Maultsby

Demetrius McDuffy

Deondre McDuffy

Daijah Hill

Yidareus McIntyre

Quintina Miley

Kierra Miley

Zakeria Minton

Oscar Huguet

Ahmad James

Marcus Mincey

Renisha Moss

Octavious Orozco

Cesar Pera

Dashawn Jones

Stacey Lewis

Revena Petit-Bois

Feguy Roody Pierre

Deborah Reels

Bria Ralph

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Trevon Robinson

Desmond Scales

Jesse Singleton

Tanisha Spaulding

Keion Bailey

Jamal Bailey

Bianca Bodie

Kevin Burnes

Charlina Starks

Miracle Stevens

Jose Vazquez

Chykevia Taylor

Desiree Brown

Angelica Centeno

Angela Charelus

Anaisha Charlota

Nakia West

Anthony Wiggan

Mark Wiggan

Spencer Williams

Sean Clarke-Green

Ziquennisha Coopera

Ziquonn Cooper

Janessa Darius

Raymond Williams

Ruben Dorta

Jesus Forteza

Trevon Fowler

Anthonie Deacon

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Mirrizza Menendez Youth Program Coordinator

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Karina De La Rosa

Elizabeth Sanfiel

Dianely Martin Cabrera

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Christian Lazano Program Specialist

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Raymond Adrian Director of Youth and Senior Services

Melissa Morales Team Leader

Katie Hernandez Team Leader

Jacky Bruno

Miami Beach Senior High William H Turner Tech Miami Central Senior High Miami Carol City Senior High Miami Northwestern Senior High Miami Springs Senior High Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High Miami Gardens Senior High

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Miami Edison Senior High Booker T. Washington Senior High American Senior High Miami Coral Park Senior High Southwest Senior High Miami Edison Middle School Brownsville Middle School Nautilus Middle School Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center

City of Hialeah – Downtown Career Center Youth Coop – Northside and Westdade Career Centers

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MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER Friday, June 28th, 2013 JUAN CASIMIRO, WORKFORCE CENTER DIRECTOR SFWIB OPERATED BY UNIDAD. (Master of ceremony)

12:00 WELCOMING REMARKS (noon) • Maria Saboya - (President UNIDAD) • Margarita Cepeda - (Executive Director UNIDAD)

12:10 COLOR GUARD PRESENTATION 12:15 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND NATIONAL ANTHEM 12:20 PRAYER 12:25 REMARKS 12:35 REMARKS

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• Honorable Matilde Herrer Bower - (Mayor, City of Miami Beach) • Rick Beasley - (Executive Director of South Florida Workforce Investment Board) 12:45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER • Honorable Judge Andrew Hague - (Judge,State of Florida)

1:00 STUDENT REMARKS

• Anthony Wiggan - (Miami Springs Senior High)

1:05 AWARDS PRESENTATION

• Henry Marines, Esq. - (Business Leader, Business District Attorney) • Honorable Judge Andrew Hague - (Judge,State of Florida, Keynote Speaker) • Deborah Markham-Ruggiero - (Executive Director, Teen Job Corp) • Marilyn Figueroa - (Project 305 Rise, College Entrance Program)

1:30 CLASS 2013 PRESENTATION • Moment for Life by Nicki Minaj – Dashawn Jones, Feguy Pierre, Anthonie Deacon • Fire Works by Katy Perry – Class of 2013

1:45 GRADUATION CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION 2:00 End of Program


New Generation Leadership & Workforce Institute, Class of 2013