Angelica Suarez: Spirit of Gainesville nominee


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

Angelica Suarez has for the past 10 years been working endlessly to improve the lives of children who are economically disadvantaged through Children Beyond Our Borders. But the wonderful thing about her effort through CBOB is that she gives students at the University of Florida to be a part of this experience. Angie, as I like to call her, has been successfully running the Crossing Borders service trips for eight years. The service trip gives university students the opportunity to travel to Colombia and work with disadvantaged children. The Crossing Borders volunteers are trained using a unique educational curriculum that they then use to instruct the children on entrepreneurship, character and professional development. These volunteers and children have built extremely strong bonds that have lasted years now. Some of the volunteers continue to mentor these children.

Facts

Category: Community Service

About Angelica Suarez

Occupation: Executive director at Children Beyond Our Borders

Years in Gainesville: Nine

Spouse: Oscar Trujillo

Children: Luna Trujillo

Civic involvement: First Assembly of God, President of Colombian Student Association of UF, Hispanic Student Association, Liberos De Familia, Treasurer of Maxwell Women Caucus, Conflict Resolution Associates, Awardee for Clinton Global Initiative for Peace Proposal, American Marketing Association, Social Entrepreneurs of Yunus Group, Global Youth Service Organization

She has also started an educational program in Colombia that helps high schools and funds their education at leading universities. Angie and her program have impacted hundreds of children in Cali, Cartegena and Medellin. In addition, she has impacted the life of hundreds of volunteers and interns who have been on Crossing Borders trips, interned at CBOB and worked in its student chapters at UF.

She is extremely valuable in the community for her abilities in entrepreneurship and social ventures. Angie will continue to lead CBOB and its crew through revenues brought in by Crossing Borders, sponsorships and donations. Angie and its crew are very fortunate to have the CIED support them its efforts. From having worked with her for so long, I am constantly inspired by her spirit, multicultural attitude and love for children and social justice.

There is no doubt in my mind that Angelica Suarez is one of the biggest assets of the great Gainesville community.

Submitted by Priya Rudradas

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