Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective action across an array of issues.The Marguerite Casey Foundation supports and promotes America’s Next Leaders in order to recognize their resolve and courage and to help them build a network that will foster their individual and collective work moving forward.
Equal Voice News is an online newspaper published by the Marguerite Casey Foundation that covers the intersection of policy and poverty, with a focus on the lives of families living at that intersection.
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.