Allapattah Community Fellows Program

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The Allapattah Collaborative CDC launched its inaugural Community Fellows Program cohort on April 26, 2021.


The four students who were selected to participate in the program’s first class are Jose Arriaza, Jayla Cannon, Elianer Navarro Perez, and Fernando Saldago. All four are Allapattah residents and graduating seniors (Class of 2021) from Miami Jackson Senior High.


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The Allapattah Community Fellows Program inaugural cohort. From left to right: Front row Jayla Cannon, 18, and Jose Arriaza, 18. Back row: Fernando Saldago, 18, and Elianer Navarro Perez, 18. Ely Delcorto/ Allapattah CDC



The 12-week program is taking Fellows through a skill- and knowledge-based curriculum that fosters independent engagement and advocacy for the neighborhood and its members.

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The Allapattah Community Fellows Program kicked off on April 26, with an in-depth look at Florida’s History by Urban Impact Lab’s Irvans Augustin and an “Allapattah 101” presentation by the CDC’s Executive Director Mileyka Burgos-Flores. Ely Delcorto/ Allapattah CDC



Lead by Allapattah CDC’s Community Engagement Coordinator Ely Delcorto and Urban Impact Lab’s Cathy Dos Santos Alves, the Fellows program aims to mentor young members of the Allapattah community and guide their passion into long-lasting change for their community.

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Urban Impact Lab’s Cathy Dos Santos Alves goes over issues facing the Allapattah Community, ahead of the Community Fellows brainstorming Activation Project ideas on May 17. Ely Delcorto/ Allapattah CDC



As part of the program, numerous guest speakers have signed up to speak with the Fellows on a variety of topics surrounding community advocacy and organizing, as well as project planning and implementation.

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Geo-Urban Consulting’s Hernan Guerrero Applewhite takes fellows through an interactive urban mapping presentation on May 24. Ely Delcorto/ Allapattah CDC


A quarter of the way into the fellowship, the cohort has selected their Community Activation Project on May 24… stay tuned to learn more.

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