24 Oct 2017

2017 Fellows for the Common Good Announced

Allegany Franciscan Ministries announces the selection of the fifteen passionate individuals for the inaugural class of the Fellowship for the Common Good. The Fellowship for the Common Good is built on the belief that individuals have the power to make a difference in the places where they live – to drive change and foster good in ways that create healthier, safer and more connected communities. The Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development program for community residents designed to build community capacity and sustainability in three Common Good Initiative Communities: Overtown, Wimauma, and Lincoln Park. The Fellowship for the Common Good is part of an initiative designed to mobilize communities towards better health and wellness through community engagement, a long-term commitment to resources and increased collaboration among residents and stakeholders.

The inaugural Fellowship cohort includes five resident leaders from each Common Good Community. The 2017 Fellows are: in Lincoln Park – Elise Rollins, LaShonda Henderson, Vennis Gilmore, Annette Brown and Travon Simmons; Andre Williams, Adrian Madriz, Rashada Campbell, Myesha Pugh and Deion Mendez in Overtown; and in Wimauma: Tonya Burney, Rosa Noriega, Mattie Davis, Enrique Lopez and Tony Watkins.

The Fellowship will develop civic leaders who will take action to advance their communities. Fellows will receive civic leadership education and individualized coaching, and will engage in peer networking and visits to other communities both in Florida and out-of-state site.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the first-ever participants in the Fellowship for the Common Good, fifteen residents of Wimauma, Lincoln Park and Overtown who are excited to learn how to use their passion for good to make a positive difference in their communities,” said Eileen Coogan, President and CEO of Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the founder and sponsor of the Fellowship. “These resident leaders will be transformed through the fellowship experience, and in turn will be a transforming presence in their communities.”

The Common Good Initiative was launched in 2014 by Allegany Franciscan Ministries, to work with people in Lincoln Park, Wimauma and Overtown to build healthier, safer places where everyone thrives. A significant amount of resources – human, financial, social and spiritual – has been committed to the initiative. Other philanthropic, public, private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations are invited to come together, leveraging resources. Almost $6 million has already been invested by Allegany. Go to www.afmfl.org for more information about the Fellowship and investments.