Celebrating Achievement: POWER Graduation at Waterbury Youth Services


It was an afternoon of joyous celebrations and undeniable pride as 22 participants of the POWER program at Waterbury Youth Services completed their journey and graduated. A remarkable feat indeed as five among the 22 graduates have already opened their own licensed daycares, marking the commencement of their entrepreneurial journey in childcare.

The festive graduation ceremony saw families and friends cheering with pride, alongside Olivia Dudley, Director of Program Operations, and Trayvonn Diaz, Senior Outreach Assistant for Senator Chris Murphy. Diaz, who is also the son of POWER Facilitator Felicia Diaz, delivered an inspiring speech at the event.

The success of this year's graduates reflects the effectiveness of the POWER program in empowering its participants with self-determination and the skills to forge a successful career in childcare. It is a testament to the unwavering dedication and support of Waterbury Youth Services in nurturing the dreams of its participants and transforming them into a reality. As the celebrations concluded, one could not help but look forward to the accomplishments of future graduates. The POWER program continues to be a beacon of hope and empowerment, shedding light on the path to success for many more to come.

As the celebrations conclude, a hearty thank you is extended to United Way of Greater Waterbury, the program's sponsor, for their invaluable support. The POWER program continues to illuminate the path to success for many more to come.