The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Southeast Region is excited to welcome two new UNICEF Community Engagement Fellows to our region. Beginning in July, Cynthia Valdez in Miami and Katie Barcy in Nashville will work full-time in their cities to engage and inspire communities to take action for the world’s children. They will educate constituents on UNICEF’s lifesaving work and connect people with ways to take personally meaningful action through U.S. Fund for UNICEF campaigns and projects.
Cynthia and Katie bring extensive knowledge and experience to the U.S. fund for UNICEF. Cynthia has been an active leader and social justice advocate in her hometown of Miami for six years—working with minority groups and organizations to combat human trafficking, improve education, and advocate for the improvement of public health policies. Additionally, she has lived and worked in Latin America. Katie recently graduated from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College with a Master of Education in International Education Policy and Management and a graduate certificate in Global Health. She has lived and worked in France and Guyana, and served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Vietnam.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF launched the Global Citizenship Fellows Program in January 2012, uniting and empowering American youth and volunteers in service on behalf of children around the world. The Fellowship is a highly-competitive, full-time, 13-month program that prepares diverse, committed, and globally minded individuals for effective leadership in public service. Fellows serve as grassroots and national spokespersons for children and bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders, and others to unite on behalf of children.