The State of Florida Legislature invited legislators, policy makers, business leaders and child advocates from across the state to celebrate Children’s Week (March 26-29, 2017) at the State Capitol. Miami Job Corps students Dylan Mooneyhan, Timmie Witcher and Jeremiah Washington were among the Children’s Trust/Youth Advisory Committee participants. This year’s theme, “The Health and Well-being of All Children” recognizes every person in this state can play a role in ensuring children are safe, healthy and ready to learn to achieve.
“We met with State Legislators who were so willing to listen and offer support for youth” stated Dylan Mooneyhan. “They’re creating programs teens can join to help the community make the youth feel safe on the street. They also help youth feel they have a place in the world.” Dylan is a Miami Job Corps student earning his High School Diploma and Office Administration certification. As a 17 year old from Palmetto, Florida, Dylan is interested in how to make an impact on the heroin epidemic in his hometown. As a result of his experience in Tallahassee, Dylan is now planning to write to his Florida State Representative to express his concern and discuss action to take.
“This was a great opportunity for our students to make friends with other high school students from all over Miami. Speaking to the other students, they found that some of their concerns were universal. These three students were recommended by myself and members of our leadership team. Dylan, Timmie and Jeremiah did a tremendous job in Tallahassee representing themselves as well as the Miami Job Corps Center. We appreciate the Children’s Trust providing this wonderful opportunity for our young leaders” said Mary Geoghegan, Center Director at Miami Job Corps Center.