Written 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 invitations 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.