June 17th, 2020 marks the start of Learn to Express, a community service organization dedicated to empowering expression and education in order to create an outlet of creativity and innovation. Nicole Torres is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Express. She started this community service organization during the pandemic of 2020. After being stuck in quarantine, she knew she had to take action to help her community during these unprecedented circumstances. During the spring months of 2020, Nicole was tutoring children in her community. She had fun teaching children and encouraging them to improve their studies. After the months of tutoring students, she realized that children were in need of a fun resource in the summer that they would be able to participate in regardless of being at home. Plus, she wanted to expand her efforts to more children in Miami. She began brainstorming ideas of what she could do to help a larger span of kids. That is when Learn to Express came to light. She knew that an organization like this one could illuminate the lives of parents and children, serving as a free resource to keep children productive and enlighten their minds during summer in quarantine. In the next 2 days, she made the website, Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, and applications for Express Instructors and Express Learners to prepare for the first Learn to Express Summer Program. A week prior to the summer program, Nicole's friend Andrea started helping out in this new program and became the Assistant Director. This project was a success and parents asked us to continue.
At the end of July, Nicole reached out to the former Superintendent Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and received assistance with her organization. Learn to Express is currently partnered with Miami-Dade County Volunteer Services in order to ensure that every program runs smoothly. After the successful summer program, Learn to Express is reaching new heights with an international community of volunteers (Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and across America) and students. Now Learn to Express counts on a Team of Executive Directors, Instructors, and Team Members in Storytelling, Graphic Design, Blog Writing, and Ambassadors, working together to serve the community. Learn to Express has even partnered with a Title I school in Miami to serve its third-grade students. Not only is Learn to Express offering free educational programs with Tutorings and Expression Classes but we offer educational blogs, a storytelling channel on Youtube, donation drives, webinars, and more.
Nicole Torres is a senior at School for Advanced Studies where she is working towards earning her high school degree and Associate of Arts degree by June of 2022. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Learn to Express overseeing the operations of the organization. Outside of Learn to Express, Nicole is interning at the Miami Dade County Public Schools Office of Communications and Community Engagement where she has been a panelist at the Harnessing the Power of Volunteering Webinar and cohosted webinars like Engage, Inspire, and Lead and Turn It Up Amplify Mentoring. She is part of the task force to select the district's faculty of the year. She is an active volunteer serving as a Miami-Dade County Youth Commissioner (appointed by Commissioner Kionne McGhee), Co-Founder & Vice President of her school's Key Club, Volunteer in the Animal Shelter, and member of the Childrens Trust Youth Advisory Council. Nicole is an advocate for expression as President of the National English Honor Society at her school and is engaging with her creative side as the Head Photographer in her school's yearbook. Nicole seeks to continue learning every day through meeting new people, experiences and getting an education.