Common Good Initiative, Together. Connected. Empowered
22 Nov 2019

Community Residents Selected for the Fellowships for the Common Good by Brittney Frazier

Eighteen individuals have been named to the 2019‐2020 Fellowship for the Common Good in Overtown, Lincoln Park, and Wimauma, FL. The Fellowship is a 12‐month leadership development program for community residents. It is part of an initiative designed to create healthier, safer, and more connected communities.

The 2019‐2020 Fellowship cohort includes six resident leaders from each Common Good Community. The 2019‐2020 Fellows are: in Lincoln Park – Henrell Wilson, Cynthia Ashley, Ionis Jefferson, Benjamin Braxton, Jarius Gilliam, Gregory Jones; Overtown includes Kenneth Mobley, Octavia Yearwood, Cecilia Stewart, Anitrice McKinnis‐Jackson, Akie Smythe, and Beatriz Laracuente; and Ebony Cohen, Rhony Hernandez, Samuel Badger, Latrice Scott, Nicole Allen, and Angela Crawford from Wimauma.

The Fellowship develops civic leaders who will take action to advance their communities. Fellows receive civic leadership education and individualized coaching, and engage in peer networking and community in Florida and Louisiana. The 2019‐2020 Fellows are the third cohort of the Fellowship. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has invested nearly $1 million to offer the Fellowship through 2020.

Octavia Yearwood, a fellow from our Overtown community is highly anticipating the individualized coaching component offered by the fellowship program. She states, “I want to be built up and poured into so I could be of better service. My number one goal is to bring back what I have learned from this program to my community”.

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, and more connected places where everyone thrives. More than $11.5 million has been invested in the three communities to date, leveraging significant additional resources. Go to for more information about the Fellowship and the Common Good Initiative.