On February 1, 2018, 21 YouthBuild students became YouthBuild graduates, moving on to the next stage of their success. The graduation ceremony, sponsored by BNB Bank, was a celebration bringing together students, their families, Board of Directors members, funders and supporters, and public officials. Speakers attested to the perseverance and dedication of the class, many of them overcoming imense obstacles and personal challenges to be where they are today. Representing the class as speaker was John, who became overwhelmed with emotion when he spoke about his struggles and how proud he was of what he, and his classmates, have accomplished. Congratulations graduates!
Thank you to the following supporters in attendance that day who helped these young people achieve their dreams:
Roy Lebel, Brookhaven National Lab * Dave Knapp, Island Outreach Foundation * Daniel Delahanty, Tracy Mackey and Theresa Going, BNB Bank * Erica Rechner, Opportunities Long Island * Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre * Carl Krause, Northeast Gas Specialist * Robyn Wolf, CPC * Erika Hill, Nassau County Comptroller * Patrick Barry, The Resource Group
Generous supporters of YouthBuild Long Island
Albanese Organization * AT&T * Bank of America Charitable Foundation * Bethpage Federal Credit Union * BNB Bank * Byron T. & Ruth D. Miller Scholarship Fund * Capital One * Citi Community Development * Countess Moira Charitable Foundation * The Grainger Foundation * Island Outreach Foundation * MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. * National Grid * New York State Department of Labor * NYSERDA * U.S. Department of Labor * Veronica B. Renken * The Winston Foundation