Youth who have changed their lives through involvement with a Social Development Commission (SDC) program have been saluted.
The young women and men who take part in SDC’s Youth and Family Development Program (YFDP) were singled out at the program’s annual celebration. Several youth who have participated in the program testified about how it has helped change their lives.
Ikeen Williams is one young man who told participants that he was referred to the program after he dropped out of school and got into trouble with law. After coming to the SDC program, he started going to school and doing community service. He successfully graduated from the SDC GED/HSED program this past December and completed his service hours while staying clean. The young man told those in the inspired audience he plans to start classes at MATC’s culinary arts school in August.
Eunicia Bowie was another YFDP program participant who spoke at the celebration. She said that she had found herself getting into trouble before coming to the SDC program but since then, has been able to set a good example for her younger brothers and sisters. She thanked the program and staff for their efforts to help her turn her life around and spoke optimistically about her future.
During the ceremony, a number of agencies and public officials were recognized for their support during the past year. They included Milwaukee Municipal Judges Phillip Chavez, Valerie Hill, and Derek Mosely. For more information on the SDC Youth and Family Development Program, call the agency at 414-906-2790 or visit the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org and click on the “Programs” page.