Hope for Miami’s Helen De Cossio has been part of our Project U Turn team for nearly six years and recently became Program Manager. Congratulations Helen! Let’s get to know her.
Hi, tell us a little bit about who you are, where you’re from and how you found out about Hope for Miami.
My name is Helen De Cossio, born in the beautiful island of Cuba and raised with “sazón (spice) in the 305I I began with a passion to serve our youth, as I truly believe they are the generation that will change the world. I was connected to HFM via my great friend Michelle and God allowed this divine connection to allow me to exude my passion for serving youth.
How are you serving with the Hope for Miami team?
I’m honored and excited to now serve as PUT’s Program Manager/ parent specialist. and look forward to guiding our team in keeping our youth safe from risky behaviors. We’re committed to developing comprehensive health education programs and initiatives by promoting healthy lifestyles to encourage quality mental, emotional, physical wellness.
How do you think your skills, knowledge and interests equip you to do your tasks?
I’ve developed extensive skills while working along HFM - from teamwork building to flexibility, to the importance of being teachable. One of the most helpful skills I’ve learned during my time has been the “beauty of vulnerability". This often is seen as a weakness but I have found strength in this skill.
"Coming as you are" is an important component to effectively reach the students we serve and this relatability factor is a stepping stone to building relationships. It also allows for our tasks as educators to be much more impactful with our message.
Finally, tell us something interesting or fun that will help us get to know you better.
I enjoy all outdoor activities. Connecting with nature fills my soul. Lately, I have picked up a childhood hobby- skating! Even though I've fallen plenty of times, I continue to learn the best lesson of all - keep going, keep trying, keep pushing.
Thanks, Helen. You are essential!