On Tuesday, July 13, the Queens Defenders Jamaica Youth Program held a closing ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of the youth participants this past year. This group of young people have shown their commitment to bettering themselves through our mentoring program. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the young people continued to show up ready and willing to engage in programming every week. This past year showed that they can overcome many challenges through the support of their peers, mentors, family members, and Queens Defenders staff. 

At the ceremony, the three high school graduates were honored with an engraved crystal to applaud their hard work and determination in achieving such an incredible milestone amid a pandemic and personal trials. Two students were awarded their GED after passing the TASC exam, and one student graduated from high school. All ten program participants received certificates and a small token of appreciation in recognition of their consistency and dedication to the youth program. 

Queens Defenders staff shared encouraging words with the youth and reminisced about the many good times they shared together. The youth, who were accustomed to coming into the office for weekly workshops, graciously made the transition to a virtual platform. This summer, the youth will go on several outings together to celebrate their accomplishments in person. 

The team at Queens Defenders is incredibly proud of these young people and all they have accomplished. We look forward to seeing what their futures hold! 

To learn more about our Jamaica Youth Program, visit here.