Former Mentor Attends BTW Graduation

Auburn University student Beth Givens at BTW in Tuskegee graduationWritten by Beth Givens, AU student.

Being back at Booker T. Washington High School on May 23, 2014 felt so right and familiar. Though I had mentored and become dear friends with several of these students in 2012, eight months studying abroad and traveling in Europe had put some distance between those relationships. Thankfully, I was able to keep up with several students during my time abroad. These continued friendships are evidence to me of some of the rich fruit of the Macon County Youth Development Program. A few weeks before graduation, two seniors, JaNae McNeil and Evelyn Hooks, sent me invAuburn University student Beth Givens at BTW in Tuskegee graduationitations to the ceremony. I was so pleased to attend and watch JaNae, the Valedictorian of her class, Evelyn, Sukari Baldwin, Simaya Moore, and several other of our students walk across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas. 

Congratulations to the Booker T. Washington graduating class of 2014! I’m so glad I can be a tiny part of your lives.Auburn University student Beth Givens at BTW in Tuskegee graduation

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