Hope Commmunity Center Case Study

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University of Central Florida student, Bernarda Elizabet (Eli) Garcia, a junior social work major from Mexico, is the recipient of The Mario Savio Young Activist award, in her fight for immigration rights.

Garcia, an undocumented student, has fought for scholarships and awards for other undocumented students. She was nominated for the Young Activist award by Ann Kendrick, a Roman Catholic nun and one of the founders of Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, where Garcia works.

The Hope CommUnity Center is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through Education, Advocacy and Spiritual Growth according to their website. It is one the agencies that UCF’s school of social

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