Friday, June 15, 2012 - University of Pittsburgh
Oakland Planning & Development Corporation (OPDC) is a community organization with many projects going on at any one time - but perhaps the most beneficial to our young people is the School 2 Career program. The organization helps high school students gain confidence through enhanced academics, mentor support, and recognition for achievements.
Keynote speaker Mario Browne, Director of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh, gives an encouraging message to the students.
Karla Stallworth, Program Director of the School 2 Career program.
The young man who received the most recognition this year, Taylore Wiliams, has come a very long way since he entered the program. He found his direction in life, which left him smiling with confidence as he walked up to the podium for numerous honors and a $500 scholarship for college textbooks.
Taylore's mother looks on proudly as her son accepts one of his many awards that day.
The Shining Star Award presentation commences.
Students were encouraged to greet OPDC board members after the ceremony.
This program truly does impact the lives of our young community in a tremendously positive way. It makes me glad to call Oakland home.
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