Be the Change
Florida Career College is committed to supporting racial equality.
We stand in solidarity with the African American community for social justice.
We have created the Be the Change Scholarship for FCC campuses to give our students a voice in the discussion of social justice, equality, human rights, and community change. Below are the finalists who have demonstrated a commitment in bringing change to the injustice of the African American community, in addition to wanting to pursue and change their life.
FCC Boynton Beach
Consider a household with a multi-generation of people that have lived through social injustices and civil rights movements.
This is the household I live in and those people.... are my family.
Social injustice, two words that nowadays don't even make any sense. Two words that many communities have been fighting for and see no results. Two words that are just killing people. Social injustice. Let's stand together not apart. Let's hold hands, let's not fight each other. So yeah what is social injustice.
Social injustice that impacted me also impacted my mother and the African American Community in Violet, La. When I was about 23 years old my mother and I opened a business in St. Bernard Parish. The business was a small shop on St. Bernard Highway. Where we sold a variety of hand made products made by me and my mom.
Social injustice impacts me every day because of my skin color. There was a time where I got pulled over for my tail light dimming off while I was driving. A state trooper pulled me over and I have a fear of police officers, so of course I was completely afraid.
Social inequality has been a controversial topic since the beginning of time. These times illustrate how blatantly the African American community has been disrespected, targeted, and murdered without probable cause by prejudiced oppressors.
Guns drawn, bright lights surrounded me and the sounds of the helicopter over my head. I thought I was going to die. JSO surrounded me, and I didn't know why. I was only headed home from school.
FCC Lauderdale Lakes
Regarding the neglect and lack of awareness and incompetence of justice reform, the system has failed people of color for generations. Growing up in a poor and disadvantaged community, it is hard not to get indulged and become part of the environment.
My name is Rosemay Gaelle Jovin Augustin, I am 30 years old, I am a mother of two young babies (3 and 1 years old). As an African American there is several things which were happening in our community or society which impact our lives and make us think about it.
FCC West Palm Beach
"No justice, no peace" is the only voice that we have as African Americans. We have been dealing with injustice for so long that we've gotten to a point where silence is not the solution anymore. It's time for us to speak up so our voices can be heard.
FCC Pembroke Pines
I'm sure all of us have been through a time of Injustice at some point of our lives but during this pandemic and social distancing and has gotten worse. I remember being in school as a young black female and having people criticize me because of my skin color I used to feel as if I wasn't beautiful nor good enough to do anything like them.
Change, a simple yet complex five letter word. A word that can be taken as good or bad, regardless of the outcome. Change is inevitable and whether you like it or not there will always be room for improvement.