Site Director, Year Up South Florida
Angelys Cazes Silgado
Year Up Alum, Class of July 2019
Associate Director of Corporate Engagement, Year Up South Florida
Associate Director of Student Services, Year Up South Florida
Internship Services Manager, Year Up South Florida
Employment Placement Manager, Year Up South Florida
Alansa Altidor, Class of July 2020
Quincie Doucet, Program Manager, Year Up South Florida
Sonia Hurtado Ureno, Program Manager, Year Up South Florida
Jaleesa Mehciz, Year Up Alum, Class of January 2018
Jorge Gutierrez, Year Up Alum, Class of July 2017
Angelys Cazes Silgado, Year Up Alum, Class of July 2019
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.
Joan Dor, Co-Chair
Lhozier Point Du Jour
Na-Caya Stevens, Co-Chair
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!
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.