Yoseline Rodriguez is a former member of the Sin Fronteras Youth Group at Hope CommUnity Center. This summer she joins us at Hope for a summer internship through the 2020 Sister Cunneen Summer Fellowship at Trinity Washington University. 

Growing up in a predominantly immigrant community has made me aware of the many disparities that are placed amongst us. Seeing various injustices on a daily basis, unfortunately, made it easy for me to raise my voice for those issues that impact our black and brown communities. Through the Hope CommUnity Center, I was able to develop this powerful voice that I now use to demand freedom and justice for communities who lack basic access to healthcare services, food, legal services and many more. 

Trinity helped me further embrace my voice as well as my knowledge. I am so thankful that I have been able to be exposed to many different disciplines that have strengthened my power to make a difference in this world. 

Through my educational career at Trinity, I have obtained a lifetime opportunity of participating in the 2020 Sister Cunneen Fellowship that will allow me to work alongside the Hope CommUnity Center in helping the Apopka community this summer. I hope to interact with the different programs that the Hope Center offers and gain insight in spreading the mission of social justice. I will apply the knowledge that Trinity has given me to every task that I encounter as I work with Hope’s great staff in the Youth & Families, Immigration, and Career Access programs! 

Hope CommUnity Center is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.