Dayalis Zamora

Dayalis ZamoraBy Emily Rosen

 

“The issue I hold dearest to my heart is getting women, young people, and Latinos involved in the government process. Of the aforementioned demographics, almost all of them demonstrate the lowest percentage of voters in every election.”  These are words from Dayalis  Zamora, our 18-year-old LWV summer intern, who was inspired to join us by her friend Faith Maniti, another of our outstanding starlet interns.

Sense of Citizenship

Dayalis was three months old when she left Cuba to come to this country with her parents. She became an official citizen five years later,  “I have never traveled back to the land where I was born….And because my parents are immigrants, they have instilled in my sister and me, the value of an education and working towards a better future… and for us this means getting involved in public life and doing our best to give back to the community.”

Role with the League

“Giving back” is Dayalis’ forte. She is currently working with two Palm Beach County League members, Pamela Maldonado and Michele Dodson. She is helping Pamela make League documents more Spanish-friendly and she is helping Michele Dodson with a project to heighten social media presence for the League.

School Activities

In her school, Suncoast Community High, Dayalis  participates in activities concerning the state of the environment,  as well as issues regarding  human rights violations overseas, and matters relating to gender equality. Dayalis wants to be a voice for people who have no means to represent themselves.  Her interests spread throughout all areas relating to the betterment of the human condition.

Goal for Voters

Dayalis is passionate about the value of belonging to a non-partisan organization, and thus finds herself aligned with the League of Women Voters.  She observes that “lthough people are not necessarily in agreement about individual issues, the right to vote is universally accepted by all.” One of her many goals is to find ways to increase voter participation.

Life Goals

It is no surprise to learn about Dayalis’ life goals:  ultimately she wants to study international law, specializing in human rights, and work on cases that deal with morality and injustice, and eventually, ”I would like to run for Congress or the Senate. My current work as an intern with Congresswoman Lois Frankel can be of much service to the League, as it involves a lot of computer work necessary in today’s professional settings.”

Leadership

Dayalis is an avid reader: (although one  wonders  when she has the time) memoirs, essays and books on foreign relations. Passionate (she uses that word frequently)  about writing, she recently founded her own website – itoo.dudaone.com, with the aim of encouraging teenagers and young adults to get involved in “the global scene and social issues of the day.”  She is Features Editor of her school paper and secretary of the Environmental Club. Of course!

Sense of History

Back to the voting issue, for  Dayalis.  She reminds us of everything the League stands for: “Too many people forget our own country’s history of voting. Women did not get the right to vote until 1920, and minorities were not able to vote without facing discrimination until only about 60 years ago. We need to remind people of those who stood before them,  who fought for their right to vote. At the League, we are attempting to get this message across with more passionate presentation and I am right in there helping with my knowledge of how social media can impact my generation.”

Role Model

There was a time in the life of the much younger Dayalis, when she wanted to be — are you ready for this ??? — a singer !!!  And it seems she had a wake-up call when, in the fifth grade, she was rejected at the Bak Middle School of the Arts. But in true Dayalis style, that rejection led her to recognize that her real passion was “defending the defenseless.” So she sings for her family, pursues her more serious goals, and is surely a role model for her generation.