Representatives of the Dade County Medical Association, Trayvon Martin Foundation, NFL Sisters in Service, and Mentors of the STEM Program

Over thirty students graduated from the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s STEM Program in collaboration with Dade County Medical Association, Ross University, and NFL Sisters in Service. The graduation took place at the Atlantis University facilities.

Among other things, participants learned from assisted medical symposiums and hands-on training in CPR, heart attack and stroke symptom recognition, how to deal with blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maternity care, and how to clear an airway, and much more at Ross University School of Medicine and Chamberlain University facilities. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about financial literacy information and education, gowns, and supplies.

Dr. Carmel Barrau, DCMA President-Elect, mentioned that “it is important to support this kind of Community Project because not only are we impacting these communities, but we are also contributing to developing the future talent of these industries, particularly in the health care industry.”

The collaboration between the Trayvon Martin Foundation, DCMA, and Ross University began as a dream at the time of the installation of the first African American female president of the DCMA in 2018, Dr. Barbara Montford. “The vision to support Trayvon Martin Foundation was my desire to affirm to African American males that they matter despite the message conveyed by the decision not to find anyone guilty in Trayvon’s death. I want all children, especially my nephews, to know that they matter,” said Dr. Montford, creator of the initiative.

A message from Sybrina Fulton, President and Founder of the Trayvon Foundation and Trayvon’s mother was presented. “Your parents and guardians have ensured that you had this opportunity, and we share their pride in each of you. Today you have accomplished the first step toward careers as doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other health care professionals. Regardless of your chosen field, we know that you will change your communities, families, and lives through your talents and service.”

During the graduation, the participating mentors (doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and other fields) committed to the students to continue mentoring those in need, as they are evidence of having grown up in communities in need and how challenging it is to gain a foothold in these male-dominated industries.

Thanks to the contribution of DCMA, Ross University, and NFL Sisters in Service, the program was fully funded for the participants.

For more information about the STEM program or how to participate, please send an email to