This award will highlight one young person who has initiated or diligently worked on behalf of positive change in support of programs or policies that benefit children, youth, and families in their school, community, or statewide. We are proud and excited to recognize the 2021 Youth Nominees as they have demonstrated commitment to advocacy efforts and exemplify creativity, leadership, and collaboration at such a young age. We look to these individuals as the next generation’s leaders. Congratulations to you all!

The inaugural Children’s Week Florida Youth Advocate Award will be presented on April 5, 2021.

Ashley Garcia
Miami Senior High School – Junior

Ashley is a strong advocate in the fight against youth substance abuse and prevention efforts. She is certified in the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Core Coalition Essential Course and The Drug Free World Course on The Truth About Drugs. Over the years, Ashley has contributed her time and passion to leading virtual workshops and community events focused on youth making healthy life decisions, including resistance to peer pressure.

Anayre Martinez
Miami Arts Studio @ Zelda Glazer – Junior

Anayre has served her community for many years, most recently working as an intern with The Children’s Trust, and as a Youth Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance. She has aspirations of starting her own non-profit organizations one day focused on helping improve schools in low-income neighborhoods and addressing substance abuse among teenagers.

Martin Martinez
Lakewood High School – Senior

Martin serves as Youth Governor in the Florida YMCA Youth In Government service learning and model government program. Over the years, Martin has advocated for various programs and initiatives affecting young citizens including youth civic literacy, voter registration, and water safety in afterschool programs.

Ria Patel
Oak Hall School – Junior

Ria has actively participated in the organization of annual community events emphasizing and advocating for the importance of better nutrition for children around the state. She currently participates in Florida YMCA Youth In Government service learning and model government program as Chief Financial Officer and is a candidate for Youth Governor.

Kyle Ramos
South Fork High School – Senior

Kyle serves as Senior Justice and a leader in Y-Corps: Service in the Sunshine program in the Florida YMCA Youth In Government. He began his path to advocacy in 2012 working with One Billion Rising, the global movement fighting against sexual abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Over the years, Kyle has continued supporting this movement in his own community, sharing the message to “rise, resist, and unite” against violence.

Logan Viera
Florida Association of Student Councils – Junior

Logan serves as the Florida Association of Student Councils for the 2020-2021 school year. In his candidacy, he has worked to create projects benefiting some of the most vulnerable populations in the state. One platform near and dear to his heart is the Florida Foster Care System. Logan dedicates his time and effort to bringing awareness and education within the system such as the need for mental health supports.