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about us

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Proverbs 27:17 

I am a mother.  I parent the three of my birth children and many children whom God gives to me as I travel along my journey. I am a parent advocate, and find pleasure in teaching principles of parenting, a subject that I believe should be taught in organized schools. 

 

--Latina

 

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
-- Stevie Wonder

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I am an admissions counselor at a drug/alcohol and mental health treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I truly enjoy this work, because I’m the first point of contact for individuals looking to change their lives.  I like to encourage clients by letting them know they are capable of making a positive change and they are worth it. As I grow in my field, I would like to use my expertise to help the foundation fulfill the needs of its members. 

 

- Raquel

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I am a mother of two beautiful girls ages 10 and 11 yrs. old. I recently joined Cleft of the Rock Foundation, and so happy to be a part of the great works that is being done through COTR. I also believe that I joined in a time where I need help the most with parenting preteens. The parenting classesoffered as so helpful and recommend to all parents and future parents.


I am an educator as well as a student. I love learning and believe that this life journey always has something to teach us and I am always willing to learn. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Education (Ed. D) in Higher Education leadership. I also work in higher education as an administrator for a private non-profit university.


I am an encourager. This journey called Life is hard and we all need to be encouraged daily to keep pushing and giving our best.

 

- Natacha

 

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I am an accounting student at FAU. It is my goal to become a nonprofit accountant and work at a nonprofit organization for the rest of my life. Through working with this organization, I am eager to help others and learn new things.

Mariangel Hernandez

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Coming from a non-traditional household, I realized early on that perfect opportunities do not simply exist; however, I also realized that despite the circumstances, my successes would be based solely on my individual efforts. The idea that I, on the basis of hard-work and determination, could personally make a difference motivates me to continuously strive for the betterment of myself as well as my community. As a student at Deerfield Beach Middle School, my extracurriculars, such as National Junior Honor Society and Builder’s Club, became a means of exploring this passion. Upon learning of Cleft of the Rock foundation, I was admirable of how involved the organization was, and I knew that this was something I would want to contribute to. I am grateful to be part of such a caring and compassionate team of individuals and hope to use my position as a platform in which I can directly contribute to the welfare of local families and youth.
 

As president of both of these chapters, I organized yearly food drives, beach clean-ups, and service projects. During these experiences, I acquired different skills, such as leadership and public speaking, that drove my interest in the field of medicine. Currently, I am a dual-enrolled student at Florida Atlantic University High School pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior with a focus in ethology. Outside of the academic environment, I like to spend my time volunteering (typically tutoring younger children or assisting with equestrian therapy), creating art, or simply hanging out with my family and friends.

 

Kylie Long

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I am a high school student at Florida Atlantic University. I will graduate high school with a Bachelors degree, and I am pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with a goal of going to medical school after graduation. Having been the President and Vice President for school clubs, organize fundraisers and community events, tutor students, and participate in service projects, I feel a strong calling to help others and devote myself to a life of service. The Cleft of the Rock Organization is a wonderful way in which I can interact and provide supportive services to families in my community. I am dedicated and passionate about what I do. Being apart of the Cleft of the Rock is an amazing experience.

 

Nicole Buipoulakos

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I am a student at FAU high school and am hoping to graduate at the age of 18 with my Bachelor’s in nursing. I have always been strongly compelled to help other people and to help spread a feeling of acceptance and compassion in every environment I immerse myself in. Being an assistant swimming coach for the A.D. Henderson middle school team has taught me a lot about how to spread compassion and make each swimmer feel like they are in an environment where they will always be accepted. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of The Cleft of the Rock foundation and think that it will be a perfect outlet for me to pursue my dreams of helping others and spreading love to those who need it most.

 

Giulia Klapper

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I am a communications student at FAU. My plan is to eventually become a speech pathologist and open my own practice one day. Growing up, I always had a love for giving back and helping others. I am excited to work with this organization, and better the community!

 

Camille Salter