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As I reflected on my experience with East Oakland Youth Development Center, I think of how blessed I am to have had this foundation to drive my path to success. The Summer Cultural Enrichment Program has benefited me in ways that I never thought possible. This program has exposed me to many cultural events and activities such as West African dance, nutrition and cooking classes, art, music, and computer skills. Through these experiences, I have gained personal qualities that enable me to be open-minded to new people, activities, environments, or temperament of any situation, has enabled me to be successful in life.
Currently, I am a sophomore at the University of San Francisco where I am majoring in global entrepreneurship and finance. In the future, I aspire to become a venture capitalist and have my own firm while still and always contributing to my community. As I embark on my academic endeavors, I thank Ms. Regina and the EOYDC community for their love and dedication to the youth and for investing their time to plant the seed for a beautiful future to blossom and prosper.
Adrianne Batiste, Class of 2013