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Our Youth is the Future

By Luz Corcuera

Almost exactly one year ago, in February 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting with a delegation of Japanese students who were visiting St. Stephen’s Episcopal School as a part of an exchange program. Mr. Patrick Whelan, Head of Social Studies, invited me to speak with the students, and our discussion centered on social justice, peace, poverty, immigration, marginalization, education, and social determinants of health.

After that encounter, some students kept in touch with me, including Akisumi Nouguchi. Akisumi is an impressive young man who really wants to use science to help humanity. He has now prepared a brochure (please see below) to explain what happened in Kumamoto (Japan) after two earthquakes struck this place in just two days. Akisumi shared his project with me and asked me to share it with my network. I hope you find his work and passion as enlightening and inspiring as I found it.

This will be the generation to bridge divides and create a just and peaceful world for subsequent generations.

Thank you, Akisumi, for sharing your work with us.

New Executive Director to Lead UnidosNow

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Sarasota/Manatee, FL – UnidosNow, a Bi-County organization that provides education programs and promotes civic integration for Latinos in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, welcomes Luz Corcuera as its new Executive Director.

“We are so pleased to bring Luz on board, given her exemplary abilities to bring people together and her extensive experience in community-building and engagement. With a long history, locally, of developing and implementing diverse community-based programs, Luz has a stellar reputation across both counties, where she has developed strong relationships with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations. With her leadership, UnidosNow will continue to grow in its ability to empower Latinos to achieve their American dream.”

Ms. Corcuera has worked in the mental health, maternal-child health, and community health arenas over last two decades, most recently with the Healthy Start program and a local health department, leading prevention and education community-based initiatives, including a community needs assessment and community health improvement taskforce. “I am passionate about working with diverse communities, promoting education, health, and cultural competency”, said Ms. Corcuera. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to combine my passion and my experience, and to lead Unidos in fulfilling its goal to educate, elevate, and integrate our Latino community. We face some challenges to closing the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to civic integration. I will like to ensure we are the trusted link with the community,” she added.

As the organization welcomes Ms. Corcuera, it also thanks Hector Tejeda for his service, as UnidosNow’s immediate past Executive Director. “UnidosNow has been transformed thanks to Hector’s leadership and contributions over the last two years,” said Mr. Kirschner. Fortunately, Mr. Tejeda will continue to serve in an advisory capacity. “Hector fostered an environment that gave UnidosNow students an Ivy League, best of class experience in preparing them for college,” Mr. Kirschner added.

UnidosNow was founded in 2010 to represent the integration needs of the region’s fastest-growing and most under-represented demographic. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit, its goal is to elevate the quality of life of the Hispanic/Latino community through education and, in doing so, elevate the quality of life of the entire community.