Immokalee is very proud of Jose Flores

Jose Flores.

Jose Flores.

Over the summer, Jose Flores found himself in Washington, D.C. interning for Senator Schumer, a Senator for the state of New York. As an intern, he performed legislative research, attended briefings and hearings, typed up memos, logged phone calls, gave tours inside the Capitol building, and performed several other administrative tasks. From his experience, Jose said that he learned about the legislative process and he learned what it is like to work in a professional environment.

Jose is a native of Immokalee. His father has been a seasonal farmworker for over 20 years and his mother has been a laundromat attendant for around 14 years. During the summer, Jose usually accompanies his father to work in the fields of Georgia and North Carolina to help the family as best he could financially.

Since he is the son of a seasonal farmworker, Jose qualified for the services of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which is where Jose learned about the wonderful internship opportunity. It was the National HEP/CAMP Association that sponsored Jose in his internship in the nation’s capital.

Now, Jose is entering into his junior year at the University of South Florida as a political science and economics major. Due to his strong work ethic which can be attributed to those long summers in the fields, Jose is excelling at USF as he is a Provosts and Honors scholar, President of the Global Public Health Brigade club, and a Trip Coordinator in the Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) Program.

Jose looks to continue to make the most of the opportunities that present themselves to him. He says that his family is his biggest motivation and will continue to work hard to help his family break out of the cycle of poverty.

“This internship has been an amazing experience. I want to thank my family, my CAMP program, and my mentors for supporting me every step of the way. I would not be where I am today if it was not for the sacrifice and the efforts of these important people.” Jose said.

Fred is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and he can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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