• Felecia Gilmore-Long

Graduation Celebration | cdc monthly - May 2018

CDC of Tampa's Board and staff welcomed an accomplished cadre of high school students to Cyrus Greene Community Center on Thursday, May 3rd to celebrate their graduation as members of the class of 2018.

The event recognized senior participants of CDC's Youth Leadership Movement (YLM) from Middleton High and Tampa Bay Tech for their achievements, commitment to community service, and college admissions.

These 28 new graduates join more than 700 of their YLM predecessors over the past 25 years to successfully graduate high school on-time before matriculating to colleges/universities all across the United States.

Additionally, Ms. Denese Meteye James -- CDC Board member and founder of the DMJ Foundation -- recognized two exceptional members of the 2018 class with personal scholarships: Jada Hughes and Joshua Okoffo-Asare both of Middleton High. This fall, Ms. Hughes plans to study nursing at Florida Sate University, while Mr. Okoffo-Asare will travel to North Caroline A&T to major in Biology.

Princess Pinamang, president of Middleton High School's 2017-18 CDC Leadership Club expressed her pride in knowing that each of her fellow graduates received not one, but multiple college acceptance letters this spring, while Tampa Bay Tech club president and school valedictorian Shanel Brown emphasized her deep appreciation to CDC of Tampa for providing a foundation for the group's future success through their participation in YLM.

Brown's Tampa Bay Tech classmate Kenu Louissaint seemed to capture the sentiment of the entire class, when he said, "I love CDC. It has prepared me and my classmates to grow to become the kind of leaders we want to be in the future, while giving us so many opportunities to give back to the people and communities that raised us to be the people we are today."

Led by Sr. Youth Manager Lafe Thomas, and Community Youth Advisor Virgil Johnson, CDC's Youth Leadership Movement helps Tampa high school students obtain their high school diplomas, pursue post-secondary education and develop the skills necessary to become college and career-ready by focusing on supporting each student's academics, employability, money management capabilities and leadership capacity.





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