Who we are

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Andrea Toledano

President and founder Andrea Toledano graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Political Science. She then pursued an MSEd in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on education policy and the effects of education on a society. She completed research for Write4Change, a writing platform for high school students to share creative and thesis-driven pieces with others around the world. During this time, she wrote an academic paper on the future of distance learning in higher education, covering issues such as accessibility, low-quality pedagogy, and administrative concerns related to a different kind of academic dishonesty. Toledano worked with co-founder Marq Cerqua as a freelance writer for the NFL Players Association. She founded Andrea Toledano Consulting, LLC, specializing in communications-marketing initiatives with a focus on non-profit organizations and educational consulting firms. She plans to run for Commissioner of Broward County in 2020 with a focus on education reform outside the classroom by making material relevant and using tools such as creative writing to promote emotional intelligence (and equality), which is in line with Stand Up Life’s mission.


Founder & Editor in Chief

Marq V. Cerqua

Marq certainly has a story to tell. He was a linebacker for several NFL teams from 2001 to 2005. Once he retired from football, he didn't slow down; he decided he would continue to contribute and show gratitude for the opportunities he earned throughout his football career. As the Vice President of the NFL Players Association South Florida Chapter, Marq is very much involved in the community, regularly collaborating with local and national organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club. Marq is a devoted father of two, husband, and friend, and he wants his children to grow up in a world that promotes safety and gender equity. He will continue tapping into, and expanding, his network and skillset for the betterment of tomorrow, promoting change by targeting today’s youth.


Chairman of the Board

What's Happening in OUR Neighborhood?

Creative Writing Workshops

Every Friday, 3:30PM @ Boys & Girls Club
7201 Kimberly Blvd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

12th Man Football Camp

@ Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33199

Scholarship Award Ceremony

@ Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316