Youth Leadership Council Member
Maria Fernanda Torres just graduated from Mast at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, where she was part of the Ecology Club, National Honors Society, Pre-Health Science Club, and Key Club. Outside of school, she is a Miami Waterkeeper Ambassador and shares information on South Florida’s water crisis with diverse audiences through presentations and clean-up events. Maria is also part of EarthEcho International’s Water Challenge Leadership Board, where she brainstorms with other members of the committee to form environmental projects that can be implemented in schools or communities. Maria is also working on the Future In The Bag program with EarthEcho’s Youth Council, where the main goal is to reduce the consumption of plastic bags in grocery stores through a library system of reusable bags. Additionally, this past summer Maria began her Helping Pachamama project in Peru, where she worked with Huandar, a rural community in Cuzco, to initiate environmental education with young children to protect and preserve the water quality of the rivers in Peru. She will continue her project this summer as well. Now that Maria has graduated from high school, she will be attending Boston University and is looking forward to studying marine biology while continuing her path to medical school.