FCAN recently kicked off its second Advocacy Fellowship, once again working to support regional champions connected to state policy. The fellowship focuses on ensuring that student voices are heard as FCAN works to advocate for policies that will support Florida’s SAIL to 60 Initiative and help ensure a Talent Strong Florida.

Advocacy fellows are Local College Access Network (LCAN) leaders throughout Florida working with two students in their region to achieve the goals of the fellowship. The fellowship kicked off its first meeting in October and will continue through June 2023.

LCAN and student fellows will learn and apply key components of advocacy, improve their ability to tell their story effectively, and communicate with their elected officials. They will also have an opportunity to hear directly from elected officials across the state during FCAN’s Advocacy Days in February. This will provide our fellows with the opportunity to put their skills to the test by meeting with their legislators and educating them about FCAN’s work and the support that postsecondary students need in Florida.

This year’s fellowship class includes three LCANs from five counties, each with two students on different postsecondary journeys.


Achieve Palm Beach County

Lorena Martin Reyes
Palm Beach State College
Finance, Economics, International Business


Humberto Sigler-Finales
Florida Atlantic University

ASPIRE Capital Region

Alex Patrick
Studying for
Fire School Entry

Sharry Anne Solis
Florida State University
Family and Child Sciences

Graduate Miami Dade

Natalie Gelmann
Miami Dade College
Political Science

Gayathri Samuel
University of Miami
Business Law/Health Management and Policy

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