Gianina Acevedo

Gianina Aacevedo

Gianina Acevedo

Gianina Acevedo is a Youth Mentor, Philanthropist, Certified Trauma Professional (CPT), Doctorate Clinical Psychology student. Gia values integrity, respect, justice, empathy, and human connection for all.

An honors alumni graduate at Florida International University, with her double  Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Psychology and minor in International Relations. She graduated from University of Miami with Paralegal Studies. She has completed over 2000 hours of community service.

Her life transitioned, when she won the title of “Miss South Florida USA” for the Miss Universe Organization. This gave Gia the opportunity to participate in Miss Florida USA televised pageant where she won “Top 15.”

Gia has graced runways for world renowned fashion designers such as, Miami Beach International Fashion Week. She has also produced her own Charity Fashion Shows like, “Swim Show on Ocean.” Here, she attained top internationally known designers and models to help raise thousands of dollars for a well known Pet charity. Her broad appeal has allowed her to be featured on radio, music videos and in TV shows such as Deco Drive, CNN, CNN en Español, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, Fashion TV, etc. She has been honored in countless magazines such as Ocean Drive Magazine, Brickell Magazine, Venue Magazine, South Florida Guide, etc. She has been an honorary member of the Multi-Chamber of Commerce. She has been a guest host at an Event at a Walt Disney World Resort, to benefit Kids in Distress. She was also a host for Reality Show, IDA Program and allowed her to work with music legends such as Jon Secada, Rudy Perez, and David Frangioni, as they mentor young artist’s dreams.

She is a woman activist and a prominent child advocate in her community. As a mental health advocate, these opportunities have fueled her to shed light on her childhood story of being the target of bullying and ridiculed during the transition of her childhood. Gia was born with a Nevus of Ota on her left eye, which expanded and covered about 60% of her face. Gia’s life story was covered by ABC and raised over $10,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Present day, she devotes her time and energy to being a mental health advocate/ mental health graduate student where she is currently a doctorate student at Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami Hospital. Gia aspires to help create a more holistic approach about mental health. Her aim is to create a space where mental health is no longer a forbidden subject in any household.

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

C. J.