TCY/OYA Program Director Nigel Bowe (center) with graduates Kaleb Wexler, Iquilla Hairston, Ameerah Pepples, Kassir Brown, and Edward Timmons.

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 18 participants from JEVS’ The Choice is Yours (TCY) and Opportunity Youth Academy (OYA) received high school diplomas through a partnership with Penn Foster.

The TCY/OYA graduating class of 2020 have been enrolled in the high school completion program for three to nine months, attending class four hours per day, five days a week. Each graduate had to complete 104 lessons ranging in various subjects, answer up to 3086 multiple choice questions, and complete four essays.

Participants were taught time management and problem-solving skills as they navigated through the program, all while balancing home life, work, and school.  There were many class “huddle” sessions to share and discuss fears — each graduate vowing to push through so they could graduate on time.

This year’s graduates overcame countless personal struggles to get to this day of celebration and success. Their jubilant expression as they received their diplomas says it all, conveying determination, perseverance, and triumph. Congratulations, graduates!!!


Penn Foster Facilitator/Education Enhancement Instructor, Ms. Alberta Lloyd salutes OYA Class Valedictorian Ameerah Pepples for getting top honors in 17 out of the 18 award categories. Ameerah shined brightly as this year’s Penn Foster’s 2020 class Valedictorian, having won 17 out of 18 awards in nearly all subjects. She was also the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service Award for her assistance with organizing the food and clothing drive. Ameerah is about to become a new mother but plans to continue her education.


The Honorable Judge Charles Hayden – the presiding judge for The Choice is Yours program – addresses the JEVS TCY/OYA Penn Foster graduating class of 2020.


Tysir Robinson and Instructor Ms. Alberta Lloyd


Program Director Nigel Bowe and Program Assistant Yamilez De La Cruz have some fun with TCY Class Valedictorian Tisha Vega and Class Salutatorian Raynisha Parker.


Case Manager Shakeeda Chisolm and Raynisha Parker


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