Our congratulations to four BHCA Youth Development workers, Syrita McBride, Aisha Petteway, Reneesha Thompson and Lakeshia Torres who completed professional development coursework in case management, program development and communications through the City of Hartford’s Middle Management Institute and the Youth Development Practitioner Academy. Syrita McBride, one of the Class Speakers, said “One of the most common barriers among youth workers and youth is trust, and part of the reason is that a responsible adult becomes so far removed from our teenage life that we forget how to communicate with them.
Be a student of life and a lifelong student. ~Terri Guillemets, “In Progress,” 1997
I have learned through YDPA that it is very important to listen to our youth, to understand them, not to judge them, or give them the answers, but to help guide them along the journey of life.” The graduation ceremony was facilitated by Linda Martinez, Coordinator and Kim Oliver, Director, Dept. of Families, Children, Youth and recreation.