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Roots of Hope’s unique opportunity to share our aspirations with over 2,000 Cuban youth at a youth vigil mass in Santiago, Cuba. Just days before Pope Benedict XVI landed in Cuba, Roots of Hope was handed an excellent opportunity to reach out to our counterparts on the island. At a vigil mass in Santiago de Cuba over 200 young Cubans came together to listen to an open letter written on behalf of Cuban youth outside of the island. We hoped this letter would serve to remind our brothers and sisters that they are not

alone, that 90 miles from Cuba they can find a community that constantly thinks about them, a family yearning to empower Cuban youth to become the authors of their own futures. We hoped this letter would convey a message of amor, amistad y esperanza, and hoped it would begin to pave the way for a more open dialogue with those in Cuba, for the reunification of the Cuban family.



If you could write an open letter to our brothers and sisters on the island, what would YOU say? Here’s what Kenny would tell his counterparts, but we want to hear from you too. Send us your open letter to Cuban youth! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• An ancient Chinese proverb says that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” While many representatives of the Cuban community abroad only had to journey 90 miles to be with you today, we come with humble hearts to ask that you join us for a new journey of a thousand miles. Today, we invite you to take the first step, just one step. A thousand miles seems endless and the first step frightening. We Cubans are fortunate to have brave examples to follow who illuminated the long and winding path before us. Jose Marti told us it was a sin not to do what we are capable of and the Cuban people have proudly responded to his call to duty, service and honor. Our Cuban people, both here and abroad, have risen to exceed Marti’s wildest dreams.

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The Pope’s visit to Cuba is a call to action for each and every one of us who believe in unity and brotherhood. Pope Benedict XVI has invited the world to embrace and connect with Cuba and its people with SMART passion: “Cuba and the world need change, but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth and chooses the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity.” For Raíces de Esperanza, this means rooting our connection with youth in Cuba on common values. The Pope recognizes that this “ethical patrimony can bring together different cultures, peoples and religions, authorities and citizens, citizens among themselves, and believers in Christ and non-believers.” All of us—believers or not—have a role in this new era of engagement with youth in Cuba. Raíces de Esperanza is ready to make this happen. It is time for YOU to join the movement!

HERE ARE CONCRETE WAYS THAT YOU CAN BE INVOLVED: Be part of our fellowship and internship program that work on new projects in the island. Visit our website for more info on our fellowships and internships. Connect in person with your counterparts on the island through our family reunification fund. Learn more about interacting with those in Cuba through our Exchange Guide and apply now.

Spread the word about youth in Cuba at your local university campus through events or calls to the island. Contact us for more info on how to set up interactions with Cuba. Collect cellphones and USBs to send to youth in Cuba. Contact us for more info.

The time to ACT is NOW. To echo the Pope’s words, we must walk alongside Cuban youth so that together, “armed with peace, forgiveness and understanding, that [we] may strive to build a renewed and open society, a better society, one more worthy of humanity.”


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join others in the community who traveled to the island to witness the historic event. Our members hoped to bring a message of amor, amistad, y esperanza to our brothers and sisters on the island. This was a life-changing experience that allowed them to connect with our counterparts, talk about their lives, fears and their dreams for the future of Cuba.

Fourteen years ago Pope John Paul II asked Cuba to open itself to the world in a historic visit to the island. Last week, his successor His Holiness Benedict XVI, visited the island. Many in the CubanAmerican community hoped His Holiness would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor and bring to light the issues Cubans living on the island face. Members of Roots of Hope had an opportunity to



1. Crowds gather to receive Pope Benedict XVI. 2. Reporter Laura Muñoz notes down perspectives from the Cuban community. 3. “We were humbled and ecstatic to receive such a warm welcome from our brothers and sisters on the island.”


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Pope Benedict XVI went to Cuba with the message of love, reconciliation, and fraternity. This summer, you can be a catalyst of the Pope’s message to those in Cuba and abroad. Make an impact in the lives of Cuban youth this summer by participating in one of our summer programs. We will be accepting applications until April 6. See below for more details and apply now! ROOTS OF HOPE SUMMER FELLOWSHIP



The Summer Fellowship offers young leaders the opportunity to gain a full view of Roots of Hope. Our fellows have the opportunity to work across all of our teams. From helping develop programming for the organization to participating in leadership luncheons hosted by prolific entrepreneurs and leaders of our community, fellows will have a diverse and intensive hands-on management and leadership experience. Fellows are committed to working Monday through Friday for 40 hours per week from June 4 August 10, 2012 at our office on Miami Beach.

The Summer Internship Program is team-focused. Interns will have the opportunity to choose a particular team they’d like to contribute to over the summer regardless of geographic location. If you’re interested in working with our Communications, Business Operations, Development, Programming, Student Network, or Young Professionals teams in order to impact Cuban youth using your talents, we encourage you to apply! Summer interns are committed to working 10-15 hours per week from June 4 - August 10, 2012 on a remote basis.

We believe leadership is fostered at all ages. Our inaugural High School Internship allows for 9-12th graders to obtain leadership experience that will help them succeed further in both educational and professional paths. Students will have the ability to learn more about the situation for youth in Cuba through interaction with counterparts on the island as well as opportunities to proactively empower youth through projects that exchange with youth. High School interns are committed to working no less than two days per week from June 4 - August 10, 2012 at our office on Miami Beach.

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