YATC's Class 35 celebrates Graduation Day
The 27 young men of YATC's 35th graduating class recently received their diplomas and took their first steps into the new lives YATC helped them create. The 2014 graduates join more than 600 alumni whose lives have been turned around by the program.
"These students know that when they graduate they are not losing us as family," Executive Director Terry Routley said. "We will continue to stand behind them and provide support when they need us."
Sixteen scholarships for continuing education were awarded at the May graduation ceremony and five students received special recognition for their exceptional dedication to the program.
Pictured above are some of the special awardees (from left): Roel Edwards (tied for Best Attendance); Tim Butler (Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Kickstart Scholarship Award); Dondrea Grant (tied for Best Attendance); Jarad Boykins (Jump Start Award for excellence in automotive knowledge and repairs); Brian Garvey (Turnabout Award for making significant changes in all areas of his life) and Routley. Additionally, six of this year's graduates earned their GEDs. Former Miami Dolphins defensive end and YATC supporter Jeff Cross helped present certificates of completion.
"I was searching for help and discovered a place with good people to help me get on the right road," award recipient Butler said. "If I hadn't found YATC, I am not sure what my life would look like right now, but I definitely wouldn't have this much hope for my future."
The 2014 Jim Moran Award was given to longtime YATC advocate and Advisory Board member Dr. William Penzer, who visits YATC regularly to provide life management skills training, including counseling on careers, substance abuse and healthcare.
Congratulations to all of the 2014 graduates!