Each story in the “America’s Next Leaders 2016” special series features a young person who contributes to his or her community and has received a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. Each year, Marguerite Casey Foundation, which publishes Equal Voice News, honors young people with this award.
Equal Voice for Florida’s Families, which includes Farmworkers Self-Help, nominated Carlos Segovia for the award. Here is a summary of his community contributions:
Carlos, a former farmworker, has been working with Farmworkers Self-Help (FSH) since 2011. He has been active with the youth program, Team Dream Team.
He has worked on protecting rights for farmworkers and supporting equity and education for all state residents.
He has met with Florida state legislators in Tallahassee to support in-state tuition for undocumented students such as himself.
When the in-state tuition bill passed in 2014, he received a message on Facebook from state House Speaker Will Weatherford, saying that Carlos’ advocacy on education and immigration convinced him to support the bill.
After graduating from high school, support from FSH’s scholarship fund allowed him to attend St. Leo University, where he graduated in 2015. He is attending law school and hopes to become an attorney.
This story has been updated since it was posted.