Palmetto CAP Congratulates Summer Youth Works! Seniors


In the fall, Mr. Johnson will be attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He accumulated over $78,000 in scholarships and financial aid to support his college journey. In High School, he served as Class President, DECA Vice President of Competitive Events, Ethics Bowl Captain, and participated in various volunteer work opportunites and programs such as SCS Noonan Scholars. Zahavi won South Carolina’s DECA’s Entrepreneurship competition and Ethics Bowl, and currently holds office at the state level for the State Youth Leadership Program.

Mr. Johnson says that Summer Youth Works taught him the importance of professionalism, from handling tasks and one-on-one interaction to small things like building a resume and writing professional emails. In addition to this, his time working for the Royal Foundation in the Royal Summer Academy taught him how to work with kids, how to find ways to be helpful and helped him develop emotional intelligence because he had to manage a lot of personalities. These lessons serve as inspiration for his professional pursuits. We know it’s only up from here for Zahavi!

Ty’Shara graduated from Military Magnet, where she was a member of the Drill Team. While volunteering at her (now) job site, she made such an impression on the team that they recommended her to the Palmetto CAP Summer Youth Works program and encouraged her transition to being on the South Carolina State Council. We know that Ty’Shara will continue to let her bright spirit shine as she plans to attend South Carolina State University this fall!

Talia will be attending The University of South Carolina Upstate in the fall. She graduated high school with multiple cords, participated in various clubs and felt very special to be chosen as her school’s yearbook editor. Talia says that being in the Summer Youth Works program helped her improve time management skills and professionalism. As a Youth Council Member, she’s learned how to better communicate and network with others. We know these skills will take her a long way!

In the fall, Quinasha will be attending South Carolina State University. She has been awarded $40,000 in scholarship money to use over the course of her 4 years attending the university. Along with other academic scholarships and financial aid, she expects to finish her undergrad at SCSU having only paid $4,000-$8,000. Her hard work has literally paid off. Great work Quinasha!

Nykara graduated Baptist Hill Middle High School as valedictorian and is proud to be attending Howard University in Fall 2020 at no cost! Through her hard work, she received the Palmetto Fellow, HU Leadership, HU Need Leadership, Reverend Pinckney Scholar, J.C. and Alberta Long, Gamma Lambda Boule, Damon Heyward Memorial, Christopher and Arlene Bailey, Baptist Hill High School Class of 1964, Baptist Hill High School Alumni Association and the Herbert Orphan Society Scholarships. We are thrilled for her success and excited about where life will take Nykara!

Morgan will be attending South Carolina State University in the fall. She has been diligent in her pursuits and received thousands of dollars toward her college degree through the Life Scholarship, American Red Cross Scholarship and Berkeley County Alumnae Chapter Scholarship. Morgan said Summer Youth Works! has provided her the opportunity to explore her interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills, and engage in learning experiences that helped in developing her social, civic and leadership skills. We are so excited for what’s in store for Morgan!

Now alumni of Miracle Academy Preparatory School, Paulina participated in Clemson 4H competitions, Praise Dance team, Palmetto Community Action Partnership as a Youth Leader, and the B.E.C Washington D.C Youth Tour Last. She currently holds office at the state level for the State Youth Leadership Program. She plans to Enlist in the U.S Army for Mortuary Affairs where she can be a Licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and potentially own her own Funeral home one day! She is currently working an internship with Grace Funeral Services LLC. To top it off, Paulina has also received a full-time position at Sprint as a Sales Representative in the workforce! Her future is bright!

Jada graduated with honors from Ashley Ridge High School and received multiple academic awards for her diligence and hard work. She has brought joy to our Summer Youth Works! team and we wish her the best of luck in her endeavors, as she will be attending the University of South Carolina Upstate in the fall!

She was the salutatorian of her class of 2020 at Timberland High, a member of the National Honor Society and Philosophers for the Future and held the position of Vice President in her sophomore year. After being enrolled in the dual credit program at TTC and taking several college-level classes early, Destanee will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall. She has received the Provost Scholarship, the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and the Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship toward her college degree in anthropology.

As part of summer youth works, Destanee learned the importance of adaptability. She says it is important to be able to be flexible in all situations in order to persevere and accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. It can be helpful to set smaller goals and it’s sometimes okay for our larger goals to change. What is important is to remember what is important to us and to keep working towards that even in changing circumstances. We see big things in her future!

Brandonn graduated Valedictorian from Miracle Academy. He also participated in the Chess and Rocketry Clubs, and plans to attend Trident Technical College. He has been an active part of Palmetto CAP’s Youth Council and has decided to go into the Armed Services in August. Brandonn says that being in our Summer Youth Works! program helped him to learn important time management skills. This will take him a long way!

Alexsandria managed to maintain a 4.0+ throughout high school while obtaining extra credits. This aided in her next move to attend Winthrop University in the fall. She received the Hope Scholarship to support her transition to college. Alexsandria said that being a part of Summer Youth Works! allowed her to meet new people and helped her gain work experience for future reference! Congrats Alexsandria!

Aaliyah has been a part of Palmetto CAP programs since Elementary school and will be attending USC Upstate in fall. In high school, she worked towards her Nursing major by taking health science classes to give her an advantage in college. To help her along her journey she received the Jerusalem Baptist Church scholarship, SC Hope Scholarship as well as multiple federal/state grants. Through her time in Summer Youth Works!, Aaliyah says that she learned that there are so many opportunities out there–you just have to go out and get them! We know this mindset will take her far!



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