We have a handful of exciting news items from YouthBuild Philly alums that we’re excited to share! Click here to read previous alumni updates, and stay tuned for future blog posts about our graduates’ lives after YouthBuild.
- YouthBuild USA’s Helene D. Stoneman Scholarship and Civic Leadership Program grants $2,000 to outstanding YouthBuild graduates to assist with their college education. Selected graduates demonstrate excellence in civic engagement, community leadership, and academic achievement. We are excited congratulate the following YouthBuild Philly alumni who were recently awarded 2012 Helene D. Stoneman Scholarships: Amika Miller ‘11, Domonique Williams ‘08, Jasmine Myers ‘11, Keenan Thompson ‘09, Naja Bland ‘11, Shanna Fields ‘11, Tyrik Gass ‘10, and Zurrell Toney ‘09.
- Kahlil Jones ‘12 has recently enrolled in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s new job training initiative, Philly Future Track. The program is designed for young people to gain practical work experience and life skills. Kahlil told us he is proud to work for a city program, and excited to learn new skills that will help him advance his career.
- In addition to being the Vice President of YouthBuild’s National Young Leaders Council and a Stoneman Scholar, Naja Bland ‘11 can now list “nationally-read blogger” on her resume. Naja’s personal essay “Making Choices” was published on The Huffington Post on February 25 and chronicles the positive decisions that have led to her success as a student and a young leader, as well as her plans for a career in healthcare. Way to go, Naja!