During this summer’s Youth Development Academy, students learned about leadership through service and turned that learning into action during two service days at the Toberman Neighborhood Center. This center provides opportunities and services to help encourage, inform, educate, and empower Harbor-area families and individuals. More than 200 YDA students helped beautify the campus over the course of two service days. From cleaning rooms and sorting donated books to painting benches, tables, and wall murals, the students worked hard and gained an appreciation for giving back to their communities.

“I learned that by just giving back to your community you can change a person’s life.”

– Stephanie, YDA student

“We are so thrilled for the support! The murals are fantastic, the campus is sparkling, and we are on Cloud 9!”

– Carter Calhoun, Director of Development, Toberman Neighborhood Center

A special thanks to community artists PeQue, Rondell Puckett, Patrick Q. “Sequel” Brown, Kelsey “True” Milliner, and Alexis “Princess” Evangelista Griffen for designing the beautiful murals and guiding students in the painting process.

View photos of the work completed below!