1384336_10153371756995273_1296075699_nYulissa brings a diverse background and a passion for community organizing and education to IDEAS For US. She was raised in Orlando, Florida where she has lived for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Religious Studies. Throughout her life, Yulissa has volunteered her time to many causes, but her passion has always been environmental protection and social justice issues. She moved to New Jersey looking for a fresh start, and after 2 years decided to move to Madrid, Spain to pursue her love of teaching. She enrolled in EBC Idiomas Institute and received a TEFL/ TESOL certification. After teaching English to Spanish natives, she came back to the U.S. where she received the opportunity to work with Mi Familia Vota Education Fund. Through her work as the Florida State Coordinator, she helped register over 40,000 people in the I-4 Corridor to vote in the 2012 General Elections. She also participated in GOTV and Immigration Reform efforts within the Hispanic Community, working with various local and national Civic Engagement groups and national media outlets to reach the organization’s goals.

Yulissa later moved on to run the Community Outreach program for the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office. During her time there, she organized and created various community events and educational programs. These successful programs allowed for residents and non-residents to learn about the role of the Property Appraiser’s office and the resources available to them. She significantly increased the agency’s Facebook following, which allowed for more visibility within the community. It was during this time, Yulissa became involved with various committees’ including the Orange County Asian Committee, the Orange County Hispanic Heritage month Committee, and the Maitland Rotary Arts Festival, where she served in many capacities, but mainly in communications.

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Yulissa is a committed individual with a deep passion for community service and environmental stewardship. She is currently volunteering her time to help ban Fracking in Florida and was recently accepted into the New Leaders Council as a fellow. She looks forward to her new role as the National Director with IDEAS For Us, where she can assist chapters across the United States to maximize their impact on campus and their communities.

You can reach Yulissa via email at yulissa@ideasforus.org.

-Yulissa Arce