IF ELECTED, AT AGE 21, SERGIO MOTA WOULD BE THE YOUNGEST ELECTED OFFICIAL IN SEBASTIAN. ALONG WITH JESSICA SALGADO, WHO WAS ELECTED CITY CLERK OF FELLSMERE AT AGE 21, HE WOULD PERHAPS BE YOUNGEST ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THE HISTORY OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY.
Sergio believes it is important for young people to be involved in polities. “It is important for young people to have an impact on how issues affect ourselves and and our nation as a whole.
Right now what’s going on in politics is the breakdown between citizens and public officials. Young people are our only hope to challenge this breakdown and bring public officials and citizens together.”
He believes our greatest generations were during the World War One and Two timeframes and that “the torch of these generations needs to to be passed along to future generations. If we lose that it will undermine our society.
People ask me why, at such a young age, I would want to be involved in polities. Well, if you look at where I came from and where I am now you would understand my reason for wanting to give back.”
Sergio’s grandparents emigrated to the US from the Dominican Republic to escape the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and settled in a project in Bronx, NY at 356 Ford Street, which is where Sergio grew up. His grandfather was a custodian and his grandmother was a seamstress.
356 Ford Street, Bronx, NY
365 families lived in this complex, made up of senior citizens, veterans and other immigrants, such as from Greece and Italy; all of whom had low incomes.
All of the projects had “community councils,” where residents and others, such as representatives of the New York Police Department, would meet, have donuts and discuss issues such as crime, poverty, and healthcare. His grandfather used to take Sergio to the meetings and got him involved as early as five years old.
Motivated to make something of himself Sergio applied for a scholarship with the A Better Chance Program, a national program that provides many students of color with the chance to attend college-prep private schools and public schools across the country. Their mission clearly illustrates the goal of the organization: “Our mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.”
Founded in 1963, A Better Chance has grown greatly, starting out with 55 students enrolled at nine schools to now more than 2,000 students enrolled at nearly 350 of the best private schools and public schools, as of the 2015-2016 school year.
Sergio received a A Better Chance scholarship and went on to attend Radnor High School, a public high school in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. Of all high schools in Pennsylvania, Radnor is ranked 5th by U.S. News & World Report, and 1st by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (Source: Wikipedia)
Here he spent his freshman and sophomore years living in a house that had been donated to the school.
He relocated to Sebastian, FL after his sophomore year to be close to his aunt and uncle and graduated from Sebastian River High School in 2014.
At Sebastian River High School he was a member of the International Baccalaureate Program, a two-year, college preparatory program for 11th and 12 graders featuring a comprehensive curriculum with a focus on higher level critical thinking skills, extensive instruction on writing, problem solving and research.
Sergio is now working toward a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) Degree in Organizational Management at Indian River State College, where he has gained three business certificates: Business Specialist Certificate License 60520; Business Operations Certificate License 60530, and a Business Management Certificate License 60030.
He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society and DECA “(also known as Collegiate DECA on the college level, and previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America), an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.
The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. It is one of ten organizations listed as Career and Technical Student Organizations by the United States Department of Education.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Sergio’s aunt owns Buried Treasures Antiques and Collectables in Sebastian, where he works as a Sales Representative.
His volunteer and civic involvement includes membership on the Sebastian Budget and Charter Review Advisory committees, and Vice President Membership and Public Relations for the Sebastian Fellsmere Toastmasters Club, a Club of International Toastmasters, a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.
He also volunteers at the For Love of Paws Senior Pet Sanctuary, a sanctuary for Senior Pets who have lost their Senior Citizen Owners.
Now we know why Sergio Mota wants to give back.