Pensacola, Fla. – Family members, friends, members of the community, and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® gathered Sunday at Washington High School to celebrate the graduation of six young ladies from the sorority’s Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Program, one of the sorority’s mentoring programs.
The class of 2013 is the second class to graduate from the program which started locally in 2011.
Graduates of this year’s class include Althea Baldwin, Aniya Gaines, Jordyne Gatson, Terrace Golston, Alexxia Mackey, and Daria Straughn. For all participants, the EYL program culminates at the end of the girls’ eighth-grade year of middle school, as they move forward to high school.
Over the past two years, the girls have participated in workshops and activities which have advanced them as young leaders. The curriculum of the program has focused on four major AKAdemies: educational enrichment, civic engagement, leadership development, and character building.
The graduation consisted of diploma presentations to the graduates and also an awards ceremony for the 18 “undergraduates,” or those who will move forward in the program as seventh and eighth graders. Local AKA president Gloria Clay and EYL program co-chairs Sheree Triplett Roberts and Charmere Gatson presented various awards to the girls for writing, reading, attendance in EYL workshops, school achievement as well as civics.
Named the class of 2013’s “Great Communicator,” Terrace Golston discussed the many different leadership traits and wonderful achievements within her EYL graduating class. She said, “The wonderful women of Alpha Kappa Alpha have taught us how to find our wings and fly, because we are future leaders of tomorrow.”
The overall goal of the EYL program is to impact middle school girls by offering tools to help them develop life-long skills in the following areas: advocacy, leadership, community service, financial literacy, technology, environmental sustainability, higher education, and non-traditional careers for women.
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