UnidosNow is Featured in Univisión News

Last week, Carlos Bohorquez, from Univision news, interview our scholar Sara Marin to talk about her scholarships to go to college and the UnidosNow program that helped her get there, the Future Leaders Academy. Sarah, we are so proud of you and everything you are accomplishing.

“Tampa Bay, (ENTRAVISION), – El programa de orientación Unidos Now ayuda a guiar a los estudiantes para escoger una carrera universitaria y becas a hispanos.

Se informó que la orientación es gratuita y pueden acceder a

Carlos Bohorquez amplía en el reportaje adjunto.”

Career Panel at the Future Leaders Academy

On Thursday, July 14th, the students and parents of the Future Leaders Academy enjoyed an exceptional career panel at the Selby Auditorium of the University of South Florida.

Inspiring professionals in Sarasota and Manatee counties shared their career journey and their passion: Kelly Rodenas, Attorney at Law; Mireya Eavey, President United Way of the Suncoast, Sarasota; Dr. Xavier Sevilla, Physician; Neil Comber, Corporate America Executive; and Martha Lopez, Musician.

The parents and scholars participation during the workshop was outstanding, and they came out of it with a new perspective on careers and how to follow your passion.


New Furniture at our Office

UnidosNow offices at the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Resource Center is now looking like a million dollar place, all thanks to Suzi Atherton of the Manatee Community Foundation.

Atherton connected us to Caitlyn Durfee of TechHouse, who donated the beautiful conference table you see in the picture. It fits perfectly in our office! TechHouse also gifted our organization a beautiful desk and very much needed filing cabinets. We are tremendously grateful for their support.

But the furniture wouldn’t have arrived to UnidosNow if it wasn’t for our team member Wendy Barroso and her entire family, who picked up the furniture and rearrange our office.

Thank you, Suzi. Thank you, Caitlyn. Thank you, Barroso family. It’s this kind of collective effort what makes us stronger.

Suncoast Center For Independent Living Hosts 26th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disability Act

SCIL - 2016 Flyer - SpanishSARASOTA, FL- June 17, 2016- The Suncoast Center for Independent Living (SCIL) in Sarasota celebrates the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) with An Affair to Remember on Tuesday, July 26, 6PM at the Potter Building, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 2896 Ringling Blvd in Sarasota. 101 Mobility will receive the SCIL ADA Empowerment Award for their charitable work to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Since its inception 26 years ago, The Suncoast Center for Independent Living has been devoted to empowering people with disabilities to independence. This year’s event will feature a disability inclusive Ballroom Dance Exhibition and a performance by American Idol Season 12 Finalist Lazaro Arbos. Lazaro overcame a stuttering disability and persevered on the nationally televised singing competition, finishing 6th place on American Idol Season 12.

Participating event sponsors: HealthSouth of Sarasota, 101 Mobility

“We commemorate the ADA and its immeasurable contributions to the diversity and vitality of our communities. Working together we can ensure that our community is not deprived of the full talents and contributions of our Sarasota and Manatee County residents living with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties,” said Michael Fluker, Executive Director.

The signing of the Americans with Disability Act in 1990 was a critical step in the forward momentum of Centers for Independent Living across the country. This year’s anniversary provides SCIL with the opportunity to acknowledge the diversified talents of our residents with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Dressy casual attire. Tickets $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-351-9545 or visit us

About Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc., is a non-residential, non-profit organization that offers services to Sarasota and Manatee County residents with disabilities so they may lead independent, self-directed lives and fully participate as equal members of society.

About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota is a 96-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout central and southwest Florida, the hospital is located at 6400 Edgelake Drive in Sarasota and on the Web at

About 101 Mobility of Sarasota

101 Mobility is your Southwest Florida’s provider of the most trusted brands of mobility and accessibility equipment available today. 101 Mobility is located at 5975 Cattleman Lane in Sarasota and on the Web

2Gen Support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Hector with Pedro, Anthony, and Omar

Hector Gutierrez, Anthony Gutierrez, Omar Santana, and Pedro Gomez just came back from an amazing experience! The Community Foundation awarded a 2Gen grant sponsoring Hector Gutierrez, Anthony’s father, to attend a baseball camp in Baltimore. Hector also chaperoned two other  participants, Omar and Pedro, from Sarasota-Manatee.

The kids learned leadership skills, team building, baseball, and learned healthy competitive spirit.  Hector was honored to be entrusted with chaperoning all three young people. The  boys are highly motivated to engage in sports, keep an active lifestyle, and do well in school.

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UnidosNow at “Padres Comprometidos”

Lisbeth Oscuvilca and Wendy Barroso attended “Padres Comprometidos” training sponsored by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) with support of  State Farm and Verizon.

This program focuses on parent engagement. We will have classes to teach parents how to acquire the skills to engage with school and how to prepare their children for college.

It shows Latino parents how language and culture could be an asset rather than an obstacle. We will be implementing “Padres Comprometidos” classes in our community. Stay alert for upcoming dates!


The SACAC Summer Program for Counselors

The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) summer program took place in the beautiful city of St. Augustine, where Flagler College hosted the event.

UnidosNow counselors, Lisbeth Oscuvilca and Wendy Barroso, spent three full intense training days learning best practices in college counseling. This event brought together professionals to share their experiences in counseling different types of students in private, public and charter school settings.

In addition to the 12 hours of classroom sessions, our counselors visited Flagler College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jacksonville University, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Florida, and University of North Florida. Each school gave a lot of good, new information to our counselors that they are using to assist our students in the summer and school programs.



June’s Volunteer of the Month: Evelyn Tejeda


Congratulate our volunteer of the month Evelyn Tejeda! Evelyn mentors our students, helps with UnidosNow events, and believes in education. No task is too small or too big for our passionate volunteer of the month. . She likes to give back to the community and is mentoring three of our Rising Junior scholars in the Future Leaders Summer Academy.

Evelyn, who is, herself, a first-generation college grad, grew up in Brooklyn and became a physical therapist (PT). She worked very hard to support her spouse, Hector Tejeda, while he was working on his MBA at Harvard. They have two sons, who are very successful young men, thanks in large part to Evelyn’s and Hector’s instilling in them the value of education and supporting their pursuit of higher education.

In her role as a PT, Evelyn’s passion has been to work with the senior population, ensuring that they get the best care and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.

Evelyn brings humility, love and confidence to her volunteer work. The scholars she is working with will not only have a great mentor who will help them achieve their goals, but also a role model who embodies what community service is all about.

We are grateful and fortunate to have Evelyn by our side.

Orientation Night for Rising Juniors – Future Leaders Summer Academy

Last June 21st, we had the pleasure to meet the remarkable group of scholars who are going to be participating at UnidosNow’s Future Leaders Summer Academy – Rising Juniors. Their parents and siblings were also there, supporting their juniors to Dream Big.

We saw a room full of excited faces, ready to take on the world. This year’s class has students who want to study medicine, music, and criminal justice; who are volunteering their time in different organizations throughout our community; and who understand the importance of pursuing their dreams through post-secondary education.

FLA Summer Class of 2016, this is going to be a good summer!

We cannot wait to get to know all of you better.