Portland Press Herald: Youth Building Alternative program students celebrate graduation

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On September 2, 2020, The Portland Press Herald covered this summer’s socially distanced Youth Building Alternative’s  graduation ceremony in their School Notebook section.

From the article:

The commencement address was given by Executive Director Heather Davis, who spoke of the creativity, resilience and resourcefulness the students had shown in taking a unique path to high school graduation.

“These students have exhibited resilience and perseverance this year. Students often arrive at YBA with feelings of hesitation or even defeat. Coming to our program is an act of hope and bravery,” said Davis in a prepared release. “It is our duty to meet that bravery by creating a safe space where students can learn and thrive. This year, our 2020 cohort was met with the additional challenges of COVID-19. Despite personal challenges and global uncertainty, they did not give up. We are so proud of their accomplishments.”

Read the story in its entirety here.