Highlights from 2013 Graduation
Ready for the procession
Edgelyn Quanon received the Jamie Lauffer Memorial Scholarship for student leadership. The Adriel Williams Scholarship went to 2011 graduate Dakari Brown.
James Sansom received the Community Visonary Award on behalf of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, which provided space for the Summer Career Academy in 2012. The Academy will take place at M&F again in 2013.
YO:DURHAM FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST MEETS CHALLENGE GRANT
YO:Durham's (Year of Opportunity for Durham Teens) fourth annual Making the Grade Fundraising Breakfast, which took place on February 21st, successfully raised the funds necessary to meet a $25,000 challenge grant from the Stewards Fund. The event took place at the Ivy Community Center, a venue owned and generously donated by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorrority. The event was attended by over 130 guests who donated and pledged more than $12,000, boosting YO:Durham well over the amount necessary to meet the challenge. The Stewards Fund has been a supporter of YO:Durham’s work in past years, having made several grants beginning in 2008.
The keynote speaker was Sen. Mike Woodard. Quoting German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Woodard stressed that the quality of a community must be judged by the way it treats its children. This includes connecting youth to meaningful economic and employment opportunities. Other speakers included County Commissioner Brenda Howerton, Mayor Pro Tempore Cora Cole-McFadden, and Board of Education chair Heidi Carter. Current YO:Durham class president Edgelyn Quanon and program alum George Broadie each offered testimonials to the life-changing opportunities afforded by participation in YO:Durham. The invocation was offered by YO:Durham class Vice President Mahdiya Al-Askari.