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For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2015
Media Contact:
Jeannette Garcia

Miami-Dade County Youth Commission travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with Florida lawmakers and Washington, D.C. youth groups

(MIAMI, June 19, 2015) -- Miami-Dade County Youth Commissioners travelled to our nation’s capital earlier this month in order to meet with Florida legislators to discuss youth-related issues that impact the youth of South Florida as well as the nation. The Youth Commissioners met with staff from Senator Marco Rubio’s and Senator Bill Nelson’s offices as well as staff from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s office.  Later, the group was able to have a face-to-face on the capitol steps with Congresswoman Ileana Ross-Lehtinen and Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Topics of discussion with these groups included youth homelessness, job opportunities for youth, and the plight of undocumented youth. 

During their visit, the group was able to meet with the Washington, D.C. Youth Advisory Council with whom they had met the previous year. The two groups shared information on youth-related issues in their respective cities, focusing on police-youth relations. A new connection was made with the Young Invincibles, an advocacy organization for young adults ages 18-24.  Plans are underway for collaborative initiatives with this organization.

Youth Commissioners who visited Washington, DC included:  Vice-Chair Natalia Gonzalez, District 12; Travon Pierre, District 1; Doris Rodriguez, District 3; Adriana Salazar, District 6; Gia Castillo, District 7; Giselle Gallardo, Office of the Mayor; Vanessa Ortega, District 10; Brian Rodriguez, District 13, and Youth Commission Committee Members Sabrina Rosell, Ashely Castillo, D’Andre Sealy, and Christopher Acevedo. The youth were accompanied by Carol Murray-Brown, Gwen Bradley, and Ben Kearse, staff members of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department.

For more information, please contact Jeannette Garcia, Special Projects Coordinator at 305-755-6238 or via email at

The Miami-Dade County Youth Commission (MDCYC) provides young people with a vehicle to participate in the process of County government. Motivated students from each Commission district represent and articulate the needs of youth in Miami-Dade County and advise the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting the youth population. Through the collaborative efforts of Miami-Dade governmental officials and their departments, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and other community supporters, the MDCYC is a positive model for young people. Officials hear firsthand what concerned teens have to say, have the opportunity to educate them about the governmental process, and create a symbiotic relationship between youth and the County.