2014 September E-Newsletter

Executive Director Message

Dear Friends of YATC:

Happy fall to all of our good friends and supporters! YATC is off to a great start this year. This class is typical for YATC in several ways -- 30 male students, average age of 19 with a variety of academic histories who primarily live in Broward County. Although these students look "typical," I believe that as we get to know them better and work with them individually, they will each achieve some very special things

I am happy to share news of a new initiative that began earlier this year is through the YATC Board of Directors. The Board is carefully reviewing the YATC program overall to ensure students and graduates receive the very best we can offer. Five focus areas have been determined and a committee assigned to each: Academic / Technical Program, Scholarships, Field Trips, Organizational Finances and Job Placement. With our dedicated Board members evaluating these aspects of the student and graduate experience, we hope to identify areas of YATC's greatest strengths, as well as areas that can be better developed.

This is just the kind of planning and preparation that our Founder Jim Moran would expect of us. I appreciate the efforts of the Board, Advisory Board, our tutors and volunteers who all come together to make YATC the best it can be! Thank you all.

Terry Routley

A good time for a great cause

November 14 & 15
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando Florida

Please join the team supporting YATC's sole fundraiser! The 2014 Jim Moran Classic is fast approaching and we need you! Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated and every dollar raised through the Jim Moran Classic enables the program to make a significant impact on its students' lives and continue to support graduates in their efforts to build successful futures as law-abiding, contributing members of our community. Please visit the Jim Moran Classic website to see how you can support YATC's important mission.

New students begin studies at YATC

The school year is well underway as the new students of YATC's 36th class are getting comfortable with their academic classes and beginning their automotive training. YATC's hands-on technical curriculum is designed to prepare students like Malik Johnson (pictured above left) and Matthew Stewart with fundamental automotive repair skills and enhanced future job prospects. In addition to academic preparation that enables many students to test for their high school equivalency diplomas, YATC offers Life Management Skills workshops in areas like personal finances, resume building and conflict management.

Special guests are also an important part of the program. Many of the YATC Board members came to kick off the year on the first day of class, including Colin Brown of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., (pictured below) who met with new students, Ricardo Galvan (left) and Franco Gilardino. Graduates Mike Reynolds (Class 26) and Ramona Reynolds (Class 27) also visited recently to share their stories and encourage the new class members to take advantage of the many opportunities YATC offers for growth and development. Best of luck to Class 36!

Remembering Our Founder

Visiting with the new students was an annual highlight for Founder Jim Moran, as he addressed the new students personally, encouraging them to work hard to receive the most benefit from the YATC program. Above, he shakes hands with Erick Pennington in September of 2006.

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YATC scholarships open doors for grads

Congratulations to the 16 graduates from the Class of 2014 who received scholarships to attend college or trade schools. Each YATC graduate is eligible to receive a full college scholarship if they meet the qualifications set by the executive director and instructional staff. While not all graduates will attend college or continue their educations beyond YATC, scholarship offers do not expire and are available when each individual is ready.

"So much goes into helping our students move forward with their lives," said Executive Director Terry Routley. "For those lucky students who can enter college after graduating YATC, the staff helps them with everything, from filling out the online applications to getting all the mandatory paperwork in order for financial aid."

2014 YATC Scholarship recipients are:

Joseph Barbosa

Brian Garvey

Jared Boykins

Dondrea Grant

Timothy Butler

Dwayne Maragh

Brandon Carter

Demarcus Moore

Connor Doyle

Michael Quinn

Roel Edwards

Michael Rios

Isac Espiricueta

Mantovani "Monty" Romeus

Nicholas Franchino         

Bobby Vassor