2015-2016 Ambassadors

Makeda Blackwood

Makeda Blackwood

Agency: Big Bend Homeless Coalition

Email: mab13f@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Portmore, Jamaica

Major: Sociology and Political Science

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: Cardiologist

Hobbies/Interests: Blogging, art, fighting social injustices and Rihanna

The CAP program provides students an opportunity to gain firsthand experience to a multitude of demographics with varying socioeconomic statues, disabilities, etc. along with experiences far different from your own. I think that's what excited me about this program: learning and growing from those very different from me. The link that the CAP program provides from Florida State to my agency is crucial in helping build awareness about Homelessness in Tallahassee and providing resources to a population that is so easily forgotten. The work that I do at Big Bend Homeless Coalition aligns with my desire to eradicate areas of injustices and with any luck make our society better.

 

David Butter

David Butter

Agency: Second Harvest

Email: db13h@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Sociology & Political Science

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: Sports Attorney specializing in representing college athletes

Hobbies/Interests: tasting new food, listening to music, and FSU football

The Community Ambassador Program creates an environment where I develop professionally and provides opportunities to connect with student leaders on campus. I value giving back to the community and gaining job experience, and the Community Ambassador Program offers both aspects. Through the Community Ambassador Program, I maximize my potential of volunteering, while also learning more about the operations of nonprofit agencies.

 

Megan Federico

Megan Federico

Agency: iGrow Urban Youth Garden

Email: mpf1@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Major: Marketing & Hospitality

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: To be an executive at a successful resort that excels in customer service! (Or, you know, working for Disney.)

Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering with Special Olympics and Local Community Gardens, spending time with my residents as an RA, watching Criminal Minds, and going on adventures!

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because I felt like it was an incredible opportunity to become a better resource to my organization, iGrow. Community Ambassador Program empowers me to be able to serve my community to the fullest extent- Community Ambassador Program provides me with resources, mentorship, encouragement, and a network of other servant leaders to brainstorm and volunteer with. The ambassador position allows me to further support iGrow by serving as a liaison with the University, and I love every minute of it.

 

Lenisha Gibson

Lenisha Gibson

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: lcg11b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Major: Political Science, Statistics, & Leadership Studies

Year in school: Sophomore

Dream Job: Urban Planning & Business Law

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, hanging out with friends, painting

Residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL during childhood showed me how much the community needs public servants who interact with them in areas so often overlooked. Whether tutoring, mentoring, or helping advocate community gardens, I try my best to help community to the best of my abilities. My dream job is to become a successful attorney in Urban Planning and Business Law. Also, in my leisure time I like reading, hanging out with friends and painting.

 

Linzy Gump

Linzy Gump

Agency: 4-H Leon County

Email: lg13b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Wesley Chapel, Fl

Major: Biology

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: OBGYN/Fertility Specialist

Hobbies/Interests: Trying new food, listening to music and going to the beach.

I joined the Community Ambassador Program because I was participating off and on with different services the Center provides and I wanted to play a more substantial role in the FSU community as well as Tallahassee. FSU students carry immense pride and a sense of service when it comes to caring for our school, and I love how the Community ambassadors channel that into the surrounding area. Bringing together eager young people with people who are eager for our help seems like a recipe for success. I am so excited to be a part of not only my agency but a part of this group of likeminded amazing individuals for a whole year; it will hopefully inspire others to make a difference and invoke change within this campus and community.

 

Bianca Jyotishi

Bianca Jyotishi

Agency: PAEC:MEP

Email: bj13b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Deland, FL

Major: International Affairs

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: Work for an anti-human trafficking NGO

Hobbies/Interests: reading, sleeping, eating, nail polish, hanging out with friends

I decided to join the Community Ambassadors Program because I really wanted to further my involvement with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). I really enjoyed the experience through the Community Outreach Program at the Center for Leadership & Social Change and I wanted to see what more I could do. One of my passions is also immigration and refugee resettlement, which is somewhat similar to the population that PAEC serves.

 

Beatriz Suzette Malagon

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Agency: Capital City Youth Services

Email: bsm12b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Major: Criminology and International Affairs (concentration in Spanish and Religion)

Year in school: Senior

Dream Job: Victims Advocate, or FBI agent, or Superhero

Hobbies/Interests: Making comics, painting, being involved with community service projects, traveling and submerging myself into different cultures

Through the Center and off of my own volition to service the community, I have gained a wealth of experience in community service projects and activities. I fully understand the mission of the Center of Social Leadership and Change, and I knew that if I were to participate in the Community Ambassador Program I would set an example of student leadership combined with service, which keeps our community running. I can only hope that with my own participation I can cause a positive ripple effect that would create awareness to the students at FSU and hopefully create inspiration and positive change in the community through a potential increase in student volunteers for the community. Upon graduating from Florida State University, I would love to spread the inspiration and magic of service; I have a passion for helping others and through the Community Ambassadors Program, I do just that! Being around the local homeless youth and empowering them to do their best and instilling a sense of loyalty, honesty and integrity in them is such a remarkable feeling.

 

Atiana Tobiere-McBride

Atiana Tobiere-McBride

Agency: Second Harvest

Email: alm14b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Year in school: Sophomore

Dream Job: Speech-Language Pathologist

Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering, reading, cooking, meeting new people, traveling, and shopping

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because I wanted to do more than "exist" at Florida State. I wanted to make a difference in not only myself, but also at the university and within the Tallahassee community. Growing up, my family used to participate in various community service projects and I wanted to continue this as I grew up. When I heard about the Community Ambassador Program, I knew this was the right fit for me because it allows me to learn any and everything about Second Harvest. The ten hours/week commitment is perfect for my busy schedule. Being a Community Ambassador allows me to help other FSU students like myself to get involved with a local nonprofit but are not exactly sure how to go about it. The Community Ambassador Program has not only taught me how to become a better leader and the importance of time management, but it has also confirmed my passion for wanting to start my own nonprofit organization after I graduate college.

 

Joseph Turner Means

Joseph Means

Agency: iGrow Urban Youth Garden

Email: jtm14c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: English (Creative Writing)

Year in school: Second Year (Junior)

Dream Job: Lawyer

Hobbies/Interests: Playing guitar, running, gardening, learning

Really my decision to participate in the Community Ambassador Program was based on the fact that I thought it would look good on a resume. But, once I really got involved with the Community Ambassador Program and learned more about the its mission and the work it does, I was glad I'd applied for a whole new set of reasons. My ambassadorship is to iGrow Community Youth Farm, and by being there I learn all kinds of things about not only gardening, but about people and relationships as well. I think the best thing about the Community Ambassador Program is that it brings together like minded people who maybe otherwise wouldn't interact, and allows them to work towards the same goals.

 

Melissa Miranda

Melissa Miranda

Agency: Kids Incorporated

Email: mam12n@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Hunters Creek, FL

Major: Political Science & International Affairs

Year in school: Senior

Dream Job: Founder/CEO of a profitable and socially conscious organization

Hobbies/Interests: Cheating at board games, indulging in Peruvian cuisine, 2000s Punk Rock, and Publix BOGO deals

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because I am interested in learning how organizations manage their volunteers. The work this program does is not only beneficial to the local community, but also to the students participating in it. The Community Ambassador Program gives students firsthand experience at building relationships between FSU and local organizations. The Ambassador position has helped me better understand how I can use my interests and passions in the professional sector. The non-profit I am an Ambassador for, Kids Incorporated, has given me several opportunities to further my understanding in networking, non-profit management, and volunteerism. Overall, this program has shown me the varying impacts students and local organizations have on one another through their collaborations.

 

Rebecca Moore

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Agency: Leon County Humane Society

Email: rlm14@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Major: Environmental Science

Year in school: Sophomore

Dream Job: To work for a nonprofit marine wildlife conservation organization.

Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering, traveling, kayaking, and trying new things.

I first came to The Center for Leadership and Social Change to get involved at FSU and in my community. After serving as a Community Outreach Facilitator I wanted to take my volunteering and leadership skills to the next level. I decided the Community Ambassador Program would be the perfect way for me to learn more about non-profits and gain experience on being a liaison. I am so thankful for the Community Ambassador Program and all those who work to make this opportunity possible. I have learned so much about myself and my leadership skills have grown since becoming a part of this program. My passion is protecting and advocating for animals. Being able to instill that passion into our community and into volunteers at the Leon County Humane Society is so gratifying. I wouldn't be able to do this without the guidance and support of my fellow Ambassadors and supervisors.

 

Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Agency: Boys & Girls Club

Email: ekm12@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Saint Cloud, FL

Major: Exercise Science

Year in school: Senior

Dream Job: Pediatric Physician's Assistant

Hobbies/Interests: My puppy, volleyball, Netflix

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because I wanted to take my service to new levels and experience a non-profit agency in new ways. I value the work Community Ambassador Program does because it not only gives the agencies extra help connecting themselves to resources in their community, but it also shows the Ambassadors the kind of impact they can have on the agency and the social change they can implement in their own community. I love my Ambassador position because I am able to work directly and indirectly with youth in different stages of development which correlates directly with my future career plans and has taught me so many things I will take into my future aspirations.

 

Rayne Neunie

Rayne Neunie

Agency: Capital City Youth Services

Email: ran13@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Hollywood, Fl.

Major: Family & Child Science W/ Concentration in Nursing

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: Registered Nurse Midwife

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, exercising, meeting new people, singing with no audience, volunteering, and spending time with family & friends

"Nitti, servire, segue cedere" [to strive to serve and not to yield] is the motto of my mother's high school. This idea was instilled in her years ago, and as the years passed, she has instilled the same in me. The concept of service has always been my motivation in school, work, and within the paths of my college education. It is my hope to further cultivate a heart of giving so I decided to join the Community Ambassador Program since it focuses significantly on service to humanity. Initially when coming to Florida State, I was simply just a student, wanting but not seeking ways to serve my community. This took a toll on me because this was not who I was. Fortunately, becoming part of this program has not just allowed me to serve as an ambassador for Capital City Youth Services, but it has also allowed me to dig deeper into myself. I have found ways to serve the youth that I would have never imagined, and I am eternally grateful that I have been blessed with the gifts to assist youth that may be going through strenuous times. With the opportunity given to me, I plan on offering hope and motivation. They say that we are the products of our environment. And with the ambition to serve, anything is possible.

 

Marigny Nevitt

Marigny Nevitt

Agency: Grace Mission

Email: mbn13@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: Sociology and Philosophy

Year in school: Graduating Junior

Dream Job: Public Interest Lawyer

Hobbies/Interests: Running, Coffee, and Law

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because it addresses a need of the Tallahassee community that I think would be a shame if FSU did not contribute to fulfilling - a connection between the resources of our great university and those organizations providing services to the Tallahassee community. Through the Community Ambassador Program, I have had the opportunity to see a part of Tallahassee that many students would be unaware is a hop and a skip away from our campus and have made impactful relationships with a group of children that will forever be a part of my life. As an Ambassador, I hope to open more FSU students' eyes to the community around our university, helping them to find an area where they can make lasting relationships and find a way to bring positive sustainable change to the community.

 

Deaven Palm

Deaven Palm

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: dp14c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Venice, FL

Major: French and Sports Management

Year in school: Sophomore

Dream Job: Sports Attorney or Community Service Representative for Sports Teams

Hobbies/Interests: Playing music, being crafty, gardening.

I have been committed to community service and leadership for a long time, so when the Community Ambassador Program was recommended to me, I was intrigued. After I looked into it more, I realized it would be an incredible opportunity for me to help the community in a deeper way. However, it was only after my Ambassadorship began that I discovered the program would have a profound effect on me, as well. I am thoroughly enjoying my work with the Damayan Garden Project: gardening, teaching others how to live sustainably, interacting with kids in a healthy and active environment. But even more, I'm astounded at what Damayan and the Community Ambassador Program have changed in me. They have shown me that even a small person can be bigger than they think. The Community Ambassador Program challenges who you think you are and how you interact with your environment. I always knew volunteering would be something I will continue through my adult life, but, thanks to the Community Ambassador Program, it is now included in one of my potential careers!

 

Rose Jean Phillippe

Rose Jean Phillippe

Agency: Kearney Center

Email: rcj12@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jupiter, Fl.

Major: Psychology

Year in school: Senior

Dream Job: To be a sociologist in Washington, D.C.

Hobbies/Interests: I love working out, enjoying outdoor activities, shopping, and hanging out with my friends.

I decided to participate in the Community Ambassador Program because this was a great way to be hands on in giving back to the community that I am currently apart of. I have always had a passion for serving those that are less fortunate than I am. I value the work that Community Ambassador Program does because it allows students at FSU to really step out of their comfort zone to make a difference in someone else's life. My passion in life is really to make everyone feel like they matter and mean something to society. The Community Ambassador Program allows me to do just that when I am at the Kearney Center.

 

Jasmine Richardson

Jasmine Richardson

Agency: Boys & Girls Club

Email: jlr1e@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Major: Social Science

Year in school: Senior

Dream Job: Vice President of Student Affairs

Hobbies/Interests: Reading

I chose to become an Ambassador because of the love and passion I have for service. The opportunity that Community Ambassador Program offers was perfect with what I have interest in, which is building leadership, exploring different resources at FSU and in the community, and my dedication to service. I was a transfer student when I was first introduced to Community Ambassador Program, and I knew that this program would not only give me the chance to make a change in the community, but also change me as an individual for the better. My passion has always been to serve youth from diverse backgrounds by creating mentorship and extending academic resources. Being placed with Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend was very exciting for me. I knew for a fact that I could make a difference in the agency because of my experience as a Boys and Girls club member. As a member, I learned valuable life lessons that I would love to continue to pass along and make a positive impact for our future generation.

 

Adeeba Spann

Adeeba Spann

Agency: 4-H Leon County

Email: als13@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Major: Dietetics

Year in school: Junior

Dream Job: I don't think there is an official title for what I would like to do. I want to work as an endocrinologist in the area of public and global health. I would like to spend time working on projects and preventative medicine in Africa.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Cooking, Exercising/Staying Active, Volunteer Work, DIYs, and traveling.

I decided to participate in the program because I felt as if it would be the most direct way to submerge myself in volunteerism. I highly value the work that Community Ambassador Program does because it parallels my personal beliefs of giving back to the underserved. Florida State, and other institutions alike, are rich reserves of knowledge, resources and influence; much of which remains concentrated within brick buildings. I ask what good is having loads of information and being knowledgeable individual, if it serves no benefit to the communities around you. My passions for nutrition and health align with the Ambassador program because I am able to interact with adolescents and invite them to conversations on healthy living that could possibly change their views.

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