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Juvi Parveen, Diablo Valley College, Class 23
Daymond John, Shark Tank and CEO of FUBU
Jahdai Espinosa, Facebook, Class 23
Wendy Tavares, San Francisco, Class 23
Presented by Juvi Parveen, Diablo Valley College, Class 23
Volunteer of the Year: Aliya Janjua, Advent Software
Keimani Fondel, San Francisco, Class 23
Paris Carthen, Program Manager, LC Achieve, San Francisco
Kaysi Wheeler, Program Manager, LC Ignite, San Francisco
Shawn Johnson, Program Manager, LC Resilient, San Francisco
Natasha Castellon-Hinkle, Program Manager, LC Ambition, Diablo Valley College
Whitney Flores, Program Manager, LC Excel, Diablo Valley College
Ruben Gutierrez, Program Manager, LC Uplift, Facebook
Derrick Ayson, Program Manager, LC Empower, Silicon Valley
Mary Ann van Westbroek, Program Manager, LC Courage, Silicon Valley
Sadekie Wilkinson, Class 21, Silicon Valley
Dwight Powery, National Site Executive, Year Up
Diablo Valley College
Welcome to the Year Up Bay Area Graduation Ceremony!
To the Year Up Bay Area Graduates,
Congratulations to the Class 23 Graduates from the Silicon Valley, Facebook, Diablo Valley College, and San Francisco campuses. We are tremendously proud of all that you have accomplished in completing your Year Up. You have demonstrated resilience and perseverance through historically challenging times, and this accomplishment will position you well for your career ahead.
I would also like to take this moment to recognize the community of supporters around the graduates: from family and friends, to internship managers and mentors, to Year Up supporters and all the dedicated Year Up staff. It is the high expectations and high support from these communities that have uplifted the graduates to this moment of achievement and celebration.
As you graduate and become Year Up Alumni, we look forward to seeing how you choose to make an impact on this world. There is so much important work to do and we know that you are going to be the change-makers that thrive in and challenge the organizations that you join to do better and be better. You are now part of the movement to close the Opportunity Divide and we know that you will lift your communities as you climb, creating opportunities for those who come after you.
On behalf of Year Up Bay Area, I extend a heartfelt congratulations to you and wish you all the best on your journey forward.
This is awarded to the student who was an excellent leader within the community. This student led with their actions, commitment, work ethic, and integrity. This award, originally named solely for former Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson, was modified to also celebrate Dick Daniels. This award honors Bernard Tyson, an exemplary Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kaiser Permanente who passed away in 2019. Bernard started his career in the records department at Kaiser and worked his way up over 30+ years to become its top executive. Dick Daniels, who was an exemplary Chief Information Officer of Kaiser Permanente and retired in 2020. Under Dick's ten years of leadership Kaiser Permanente provided over 300 life changing internship opportunities to Year Up candidates. Bernard and Dick led their organization with compassion and purpose and demonstrated many of the Year Up values from lifting while you climb to respect and value others.
This award is given to a student who inspired others to excel and held high standards for their performance as well. This student consistently pursued excellence and encouraged others to do so. Dave Retik and Chris Mello were exemplary executives and were tremendous supporters in the business community around the founding of Year Up. They were both tragically killed in the September 11th attacks in New York City, and this award is to commemorate their important impact on this organization.
Carlos Solorio Herrera
Jorge Vargas Cruz
Alejandro Cruz Ramirez
This is a community service award, which honors a Year Up graduate who was truly dedicated to their community. Craig graduated from Year Up in 2018, and his life was cut short, as he was protecting a loved one from an act of violence. He believed that one can only feel successful when they recognize and support the success of those around them. The following students have carried on Craig’s legacy through their commitment to their Year Up Community.
Roberto (Tito) Alvarez
I PLEDGE that as a member of the Year Up National Alumni Association, I will continue to uphold and promote Year Up’s mission and core values. I will strive for excellence and realize my potential. I will use my time and talents to contribute to the success of Year Up, its students, and its alumni. I will take action in the movement to close the Opportunity Divide. I take this oath freely, as a promise to lift while I climb, and to be a lifelong ambassador of Year Up.