A Charleston, SC native, YaKima is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Fayetteville (B.A., 1996). YaKima is a 2004 National Urban Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for public policy and civic leadership. As a former Assistant Director of Intercultural Programs at the College of Charleston and consultant for Goodwill, YaKima designed programming to address postsecondary education access and equity concerns. YaKima worked as a higher education lobbyist prior to joining College Summit, and brings a wealth of experience and passion in working with, and advocating for, youth education issues. Within College Summit, YaKima has served as Project Manager on the New Sites team; charged with expanding the program into new regions. It was in this capacity YaKima helped launch South Carolina as a new site. YaKima's particular strength in sales and relationship management led to her appointment as Program Director for the South Carolina site, a position she held for two years before taking on her current leadership role in the region.
David (D.C.) Howard
School Partnership Manager
As a Sumter, South Carolina native, David feels right at home being a member of the College Summit South Carolina family. He is an alumnus of the program; serving as one of the pioneer Peer Leaders from the South Carolina region back in 2004. David (or D.C., the name by which most workshop participants are familiar with) served in numerous roles on the volunteer side of College Summit at workshops, such as Alumni Leader and Alumni Leader Coordinator. David is also a part of College Summit's Rap Director program; a program that provides training towards certification in Youth Facilitation. The graduate of The Florida State University in three years with a B.A. in History desires to pass the torch of college access to his fellow South Carolinians: “I want to help give back to an organization that reached out and gave to me.”
Community Engagement and Development Coordinator
A first generation magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, Joy joined College Summit in 2011 bringing a wealth of experience in non profit leadership and a passion for helping others. She began her non-profit career with the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect where she encountered young, single mothers struggling to provide for their children. As a result of that experience, Joy founded the nationally recognized South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The SC Campaign, honored as “Outstanding State Coalition” by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting, is now a CDC(Center for Disease Control) national model program. Joy provided leadership for the development of the organization’s strategic planning, educational programming, research, public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy. She lead a coalition of 50 state and local level non-profit organizations advocating the appropriation of state resources for teen pregnancy prevention. That initiative resulted in a $10.5 million allocation to local programs in all 46 counties and a subsequent 40% decline in the states’ teen pregnancy rates. She has also served in executive leadership positions for the Southern Health Improvement Consortium, the Cooperative Ministry’s S.C. Katrina Evacuee Relief Center, and the Palmetto Center for Women. Joy is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and has been recognized by Governor Jim Hodges as “A South Carolina Hero” for exceptional dedication and work for children.
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