On January 16th, Luz Corcuera, UnidosNow’s Executive Director, was honored—together with Jo Rutstein, Julie Leach, and Diane Roskamp—at the National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee award ceremony: “Women in Power.”
Below is an excerpt of Luz’s speech, which had stirred the attendees:
“When I was seven years old, I was introduced to the kindness and giving spirit of the American people through the Peace Corps volunteers who went to Peru. Not only did they teach me English and sports, but they reinforced my confidence and my mother’s encouragement that I was capable of doing anything if I put the work into it, and, most important, that I have a voice.
Through my work at UnidosNow, I’ve met outstanding young people and parents who have made extreme sacrifices to give their children a life of dignity and the opportunity to live out their true potential.
My dream is that our next generation of leaders will use their gifts and passion and will become the type of leaders who lead honorably—with love, with kindness, and nonviolence of the heart.
I call upon all of us to be a voice for the voiceless and to empower others to find their voice. Let’s work together across generations, cultures, religions, and languages. It is the strength of our diversity that makes America great.
Let’s knock down the walls of indifference and fear and build bridges of love, hope, and compassion—empowering our next generations to be the ordinary Americans of extraordinary character.”