Year Up South Florida

Class 15

Thank You to our College Partner

Graduation Program


Lucia Angeles
Site Director, Year Up South Florida

Angelys Cazes Silgado
Year Up Alum, Class of July 2019

Partner Awards

Juan Garcia
Associate Director of Corporate Engagement, Year Up South Florida

John-Marra Youte
Associate Director of Student Services, Year Up South Florida

Graduate Awards

Darlene Brown
Internship Services Manager, Year Up South Florida

Michael LaPorte
Employment Placement Manager, Year Up South Florida

Graduate Keynote

Alansa Altidor, Class of July 2020

Presentation of Graduate Certificates

Quincie Doucet, Program Manager, Year Up South Florida

Sonia Hurtado Ureno, Program Manager, Year Up South Florida

Alumni Association Honor & Induction

Jaleesa Mehciz, Year Up Alum, Class of January 2018

Jorge Gutierrez, Year Up Alum, Class of July 2017

Closing Remarks

Angelys Cazes Silgado, Year Up Alum, Class of July 2019

Graduation Committee

Year Up South Florida wishes to acknowledge the members of the July 2020 Graduating Class, whose contributions to the planning and presentation of the event reflected the pride, determination, and accomplishments of their fellow colleagues.

Alansa Altidor

Alvaro Alva

Khyla Cooper

Joan Dor, Co-Chair

Lhozier Point Du Jour

Alexandria Smikle

Na-Caya Stevens, Co-Chair

Roberto Tellez

Mitev Toussaint

Henry Worthy

Graduate Keynote

Alansa Altidor
Class of July 2020

Welcome to Class 15 Graduation!

Dear July 2020 graduates,

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Year Up journey. This year has been a remarkable one. Many of you have met many professional and personal benchmarks, and I am very proud of how far you have come in just a short year. Today, we are here as staff, family, faculty, community partners, and business partners to celebrate you and your success.

I remember meeting you in August 2019, seeing each of your faces, and imagining this very day. I clearly remember seeing the passion, grit, and overall motivation from day one – and those many qualities helped you persevere to be here today. Transitioning to internship is a big step and facing a pandemic two months into that transition can be especially harder. You have been adaptable and flexible in navigating your workspaces during this pandemic and have persevered through it all, and here we are today. Graduating from Year Up is an important milestone as you enter your professional careers and embark on this next chapter in your lives. Now, as you graduate, you will continue to set and reach more goals.

The theme you selected for today’s event – “It’s up from here” – is a perfect one as you continue to pursue your goals. I can see many more celebratory moments like this one as you achieve greatness. We are confident that with your Year Up, Miami Dade College, and internship experience, you have the necessary tools to continue to grow and be successful. Remember to continue to leave paths for those to come after you and Lift as you Climb. Never forget: Once Year Up, Always Year Up!

Lucia Angeles
Site Director, Year Up South Florida

Award Recipients

Corporate Partner
JPMorgan Chase
Community Partner
The HOMY Collective
Bilzin Sumberg
Alumni Legacy
Jorge Gutierrez

Alumni Oath

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.

Thank You to our National Sponsors
Thank you to our National Community Partners

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