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YMCA Achievers, mentors honored

February 20, 2011
  • Deaundra Boykin, KiYanna Bynum and Michael Franklin received awards Sunday at the Bridge of Life church on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown for completing the YMCA Achievers Program for Minority Students.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Six local youths were honored Sunday for completing the YMCA Achievers Program for Minority Students.

The achievers program, which is part of a national program that began at the Harlem, N.Y., YMCA in 1971, connects adult role models with students to help the youths set career and educational goals. It is also intended to turn idle time among youths into productive time.

High school seniors who completed the program received plaques and were honored before dozens of people Sunday afternoon at the Bridge of Life church on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

The seniors who were honored were Deaundra Boykin, Taylor Carter, Michael Franklin, Sharae Jones, Nicola Monroe and KiYanna Bynum.

Two adults who will become adult role models for the program also were recognized.

One of the role models will be Chad Smith, a 1993 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and a YMCA Black Achievers alumnus. Smith is a certified trainer at the National Academy of Sports Medicine and writes a fitness column for The Herald-Mail.

The second role model is Randy Tisdale, who has been a vocational case manager at Horizon Goodwill Industries for two years. Tisdale’s responsibilities include client recruitment, case management, and facilitation of employment and career plans.

— Dave McMillion

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