Felipe moved to Miami at the age of fourteen. In 2006 he was admitted to Miami Dade Honors College, where he served as President of the Student Government Association and as student representative to the college-wide Board of Trustees, a position that he used extensively to advocate for legislation to support immigrant access to college. In 2007 he became an S.W.E.R. core leader and began advocating for immigrant rights with the support of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) where he serves on the Board of Directors. In 2008 he was nominated to the All-USA academic team and became a new century scholar. Felipe’s dream is to become a teacher to educate and challenge the youth in order to open their minds so they can reach beyond their abilities. He walks to fight for others so they have the opportunity to achieve what he has accomplished. In essence, Felipe stands for love, peace, and justice.
Juan moved to Miami at the age of six. Upon graduating with top ranking grades in high school he joined S.W.E.R. and FLIC and became active in local and statewide campaigns. He helped to organize leaders at college campuses, interned with the coalition, and was hired as a part-time youth organizer. Currently, Juan works at FLIC and is an SWER core leader. He is the current Student Government Association President at the Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, and a student at the Honors College. Juan is one of the brilliant minds of today that uses his gift not for his own benefit but for the greater good of mankind.
Carlos moved to Miami at the age of two. Carlos graduated in 2005 from Braddock Senior High school with aspirations of becoming an Architectural Engineer. In 2007 he decided to seek out help and wrote a letter to the New York Times. Impressed by his drive, journalist Julia Preston wrote an article about his story. He joined S.W.E.R. in 2007 and became an advocate for immigrant rights. He attends Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, and is now a core leader of his local S.W.E.R. chapter. Carlos is a man of great stature who always stands up for what he believes in. He walks to be the voice for the voiceless and will go to great heights to let others be heard through him.