KISSIMMEE, FL, June 29 – Today, Congressman Darren Soto participated as a guest speaker in the Youth Motivational Guest Speakers Series at Alianza Center’s leadership summer program. Dozens of camp participants, ranging from age 5 to 18, listened to the District 9th U.S. Representative address the importance of caring for the environment and embracing our heritage. The six-week summer program is offered at no cost to parents at Florida Technical College (FTC) Kissimmee campus.
In partnership with FTC, Summer, Cameras, Action! Summer Program” offers youth between the ages of 5-18 an opportunity to develop their skills and understanding around topics like leadership, civic engagement, arts and culture, environmental justice, and stewardship of the earth.
Representative Soto, the first Puerto Rican from Florida in Congress, joined Emanuel Dávila, the camp music director, on the congas as kids demonstrated some of the Bomba moves learned during the summer camp’s first session. Bomba is a percussive genre rooted in Puerto Rico’s African roots and considered the anthem of the Island.
The free summer program aims to empower kids to make an impact in their community by igniting their leadership potential. Registration is now open for the July 11- July 22 session.
Parents of children in kindergarten through12th grade can apply by visiting alianzacenter.org/summer-camp
“We are thrilled to welcome the return of Summer, Cameras, Action! for a second year in a row. We are especially excited to bring the program closer to Osceola County residents, in partnership with Florida Technical College. We are honored to have FTC as our presenting sponsor, and we look forward to working together in the future to promote leadership among our community’s youth,” said Zulma Velez-Estrada, interim Executive Director of Alianza Center.
“This is a real game-changer for the children, their parents, and our community,” stated Dr. James Michael Burkett, President of Florida Technical College. “At FTC, we feel honored for the opportunity to partner with the Alianza Center to offer a cost-free summer camp leadership program for K-12 youth at our Kissimmee campus. This is an opportunity for children to learn critical skills and make good use of their summer break while helping their parents with a quality summer childcare option at no cost.”
The summer program features daily guest speakers, hands-on activities, projects, field trips, and free meals – breakfast and lunch – provided by Sysco and prepared by the FTC International School of Culinary Arts team.
About Alianza Center
Alianza Center is a civic engagement organization focused on elevating our communities and investing in Puerto Rican and Latino leadership in the state of Florida.
About Florida Technical College
Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. NUC University (NUC) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org. NUC’s NUC University – IBC Technical Division (NUC-IBC), NUC University – Florida Technical College (NUC-FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) are included in this accreditation. NUC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status in 2019 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). FTC offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in a range of professions, including Healthcare, Construction Trades, Hospitality, Beauty, Information Technology, and Business. NUC – FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay, and Tampa. Program availability varies by campus.