Emerging Service Leaders Present the Case for Volunteerism and Civic Engagement

Volunteer Florida announced today the graduation of ten Volunteer Florida LeaderCorps members following successful project presentations in Orlando.  LeaderCorps members executed regional projects and presented their outcomes to receive a Leadership and Social Justice Certificate from Florida State University’s Center for Leadership & Social Change.

“Volunteer Florida is proud that our second-year LeaderCorps class members are not only making a difference in their communities; they are also developing job skills and putting them to the test,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester W. Spellman. “By completing their projects and presenting outcomes in front of a judging panel, Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps members are taking service leadership to the next level.”

Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps program is a class of service leaders from across Florida whose mission is to advocate for volunteerism and civic engagement in their local communities. Volunteer Florida worked with Florida State University’s Center for Leadership & Social Change to establish a curriculum and certification process for LeaderCorps participants. The unique collaboration between Volunteer and FSU aims to build knowledge, skills and values related to leadership and social justice from the individual, groups, and community contexts.


“FSU is proud to present the Leadership and Social Justice Certificate to members of the Volunteer Florida LeaderCorps program,” said Miguel Hernandez, Associate Director of FSU’s Center for Leadership & Social Change, which judged the projects and presented the certificates. “By earning this certificate, LeaderCorps members have proven that they have successfully applied advanced leadership theory and recognize their unique role creating change in their chosen service projects and communities across Florida.”

The final segment of this program is the Capstone Project, in which participants learn advanced leadership theory and implement regional service projects. Members learned ways to be effective in their leadership and service throughout diverse communities in culturally responsive ways. The Leadership and Social Justice Certificate is awarded to those who successfully create positive, sustainable change in communities through service.

The following LeaderCorps members earned the Leadership and Social Justice Certificate.
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Michelle Altemus
Breakthrough Miami

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Dominique Clarke
Breakthrough Miami

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Faye Cochran
Communities in Schools Miami

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Tiffany Fason
Communities in Schools Jacksonville

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Emma Ladson
Communities In Schools Miami

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Alexis Luis
Literacy Palm Beach

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Antonette Roberts
Communities in Schools Miami

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Ronald Sickles
Teach for America Jacksonville

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Susan Snell
Polk Education Foundation

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Kaylesha Webster
Orlando Partnership for Student Success


To learn more about Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps initiative, please visit our LeaderCorps page.