On the picture-perfect summer evening of June 23, 2016, 68 students from United Way of Long Island's YouthBuild and VetsBuild programs proudly graduated and took an important step toward advancing their lives. In the presence of family, friends, mentors and fellow classmates, these young people and veterans made the commitment to strive for success as they move on toward a future of self-reliance.
Featured speakers included Anthony Sampson, U.S. Marine veteran and Master Sr. Drill Instructor, Neil Smith U.S. Army veteran, class of 2016 VetsBuild graduate, and Kawon Williams, class of 2016 YouthBuild graduate. Watch Kawon's inspirational speech!
Thank you to all who came out to support the graduates, especially United Way Board of Director members Alexander Bateman Jr., John R. Durso, Paul Fleishman, and Ellen Redmond, as well as Pat Edwards of Citi Community Development, corporate supporters of YouthBuild Long Island. Pat Edwards commented on the importance of YouthBuild, “Financial education is a critical element of preparing for a successful professional career. Citi Community Development is proud to support YouthBuild to equip a new generation of students with the skills and knowledge they need to secure positive financial futures.”
Thank you to all of the funders of YouthBuild and VetsBuild for your support of these students:
Albanese Organization, Inc. • Allstate • AT&T • Bank of America Charitable Foundation • Capital One • Citi Community Development • Island Outreach Foundation • JP Morgan Chase Foundation • MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. • National Grid • New York State Department of Labor • New York State Department of State • New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance • Pritchard Charitable Trust • Prudential Insurance Company of America • Tri State Capital Bank • The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation • U. S. Department of Labor • Veronica B. Renken
As well as a special thank you to our Partners:
Advanced Control Systems • Anthony Sampson • Babylon IDA • Bellport Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc.• Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area • Brookhaven National Laboratory • Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties • Child Care Council of Suffolk • Composite Prototyping Center • Empire State • EmPower Solar • Development Corporation • Electrical Training Center • Eva Rodriguez • Family Service League • Girls Inc. • Great South Bay YMCA • Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk • Health & Welfare Council of Long Island • Huntington Opportunity Resource Center • LISTnet Digital Ballpark • Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW • Long Island Coalition for the Homeless • Long Island EOC • Long Island Federation of Labor • Long Island Regional Economic Development Council • Mission United • Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee • Northeast Gas Specialists • Northwell Health • New York State Office of Children and Family Services • Northport Veteran Affairs Medical Center • NYSERDA • Opportunities Long Island • RELI • SCO Family of Services and Bridge to Health • Stony Brook University Center for Corporate Education • Suffolk County Community College Foundation • Suffolk County Department of Labor • Suffolk County Department of Social Services • Suffolk County Community College • Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative • Suffolk County Police Department • Suffolk County Re-Entry Task Force • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Youth Tier Initiative • Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Fernando M. Comacho • Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources • Town of Islip Community Development Agency • Urban League of Long Island • VIBS • Workforce Development Institute • Wyandanch Family Life & Youth Center • Wyandanch Homes & Property Development Corporation • Wyandanch Opportunity Agenda • Wyandanch Public Library • Wyandanch Resource Center • YMCA of Bay Shore
United Way of Long Island is an equal opportunity employer and the YouthBuild Long Island program is an equal opportunity program . The YouthBuild Long Island program offers auxiliary aid, services and activities upon request, to individuals with disabilities. The Youth-Build Long Island program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.