Written by Naomi K. Bonman
SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Thursday, June 26, the Youth Action Project (YAP) held its 2013-2014 AmeriCorps Members Graduation ceremony. The ceremony was held at the San Bernardino Adult School. The brief ceremony featured a light meal as guests gathered in before the ceremony followed by a welcome from YAP Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joesph Williams. YAP AmeriCorps Alumni Shonda Hutton was the keynote speaker for the evening where she spoke on “Self-Love and Knowing Who You Are”. She explained the four steps to success which were:
- Defining your purpose
- Knowing Your role. You don’t know everything. Make sure to value teamwork because ‘Teamwork makes the Dream work”.
- Involve yourself around those who are succeeding and doing what you desire to do. Take notes and have them take you under their wings as their mentee.
- Cultivate your relationships. Serve with those that you become involved with. Thank them often.
Proceeding Hutton, Alfred Arguello of Bank America presented YAP with a check for their dedication and commitment to everything that do in the community. Kimberly Scott, YAP Program Assistant; and Tremanine Mitchell, Director of Operations, then recognized each graduated and presented them with their certificates and acknowledgments from elected officials throughout San Bernardino County and State District.
2014 community supporters included Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, 47th District; San Bernardino Mayor, Carey R. Davis; Senator Mike Morrell, 23rd District; Fontana City Mayor, Acquanetta Warren; San Bernardino City Unified School District; San Bernardino Employment Training Agency; California Volunteers, AmeriCorps; and Corporation for National and Community Service.
The three partner sites were Arroyo Valley High School, San Gorgonio High School, and San Bernardino Adult Education.[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXgQEsdmfFQ&feature=youtube_gdata]