Y-TIP hosted the first annual Y-TIP Awards Recognition Banquet. This banquet highlighted all of the major accomplishments of the program participants. The program was led by the youth in the program. Here is an overview of the highlights of the youth involved in the program. 100% of the senior program participants have graduated high school and will be attending college in the fall. 10% of the youth in the program received the Work Readiness certificates for completing an intensive cover letter, resume, and mock interview for a potential job workshop. 8% of the youth were awarded Youth Ambassadors for their leadership and role modeling skills for the youth at the YMCA. 12% of the youth received Community Service certificates for going above the required hours of community service for the year. 10% of the youth received recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievement. 3% of our program participants have been hired as Leaders in Training for the summer here at the YMCA.
The Y-TIP dinner had over 90 families and sponsors attend the dinner. Dajah Jackson received the AAA free driving school scholarship awarded by an AAA representative. Kani Blake was awarded Y-TIP Youth of the Year. June Archer a motivational speaker and author was the keynote speaker for the event. he empowered and inspired those in attendance and challenged the youth to chase their dreams. This was a great event and really displayed the impact that the program had on the youth. They worked very hard and were very committed to the program. We look forward to growing the program this year. There will be a middle school age and high school component to the program which will meet independently on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 5:00pm-7:00pm.