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JAS Celebrates 2016 YouthBuild Graduation

grad-certificateOn August 25th, we celebrated the graduation of twelve young adults from the JAS YouthBuild program dolores-with-gradsat an intimate ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea. Friends and family joined JAS staff to recognize the accomplishments of these young people earning their HiSET Certificate or High School Diploma. JAS Director of Education and Training, Gina Plata, opened the graduation with welcoming remarks and was followed by Program Director Dolores Ortiz. Student speakers Kaisha Mercado and Santiago Esperias shared their insights on their experience as a part of JAS YouthBuild, and the positive impact it has had on them. Program staff also acknowledged the contributions of AmeriCorps members who served the program full-time over the past year and presented graduating students with Diplomas or Certificates. To conclude the ceremony, graduating students were led in reciting the YouthBuild pledge by Alaina Knight, a High School Diploma recipient.