The Organizers

The EDGE Program Planning Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who share in the vision of the EDGE philosophy: Empower. Develop. Grow & Engage our young people.

In addition to these volunteers past graduates and supporters assist in making the program have an EDGE!

Patricia Gloudon
Chair

“I am so proud to be a part of this program that changes and impacts young lives. Together with education, we believe that style, etiquette, and leadership are vital skills for success; our focus is on teaching our participants the poise and tenacity that will help them make powerful and lasting first impressions!”

Tracy Grant
Manager, Operations Planning

“As a community, we need to bond together to build up our children so they feel empowered to go after their dreams because we are here supporting and encouraging them to shine. The EDGE is their extended family and we remain connected offering assistance in any way we can.”

Joan Smith
Treasure

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Maureen Simpson
Venue Liason

“The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth.” – Erasmus

Rosa Berdejo-Williams
Community Partners Liaison and Grant Writer

“I volunteer for The EDGE because the program represents all the values I believe in and provides the necessary life skills to help succeed in today’s competitive work field.”

Serena Thompson
Community Outreach Coordinator

“It has been a fulfilling journey to watch the Beaux/Debutantes flourish in The EDGE program, and I cannot wait to work with them in the community throughout the year.”

Liz Valladares-Pereira
Youth Services Coordinator

“My daughter was a debutante many years ago. Since then my god daughter and two grandchildren have also taken the program. The EDGE encourages black youth to aspire to be the best they can by equipping them with life skills, introducing them to a network of black professionals and uplifting them with positive reinforcement. The night of the ball is magical as you see confident transformed individuals who are happy, proud and engaged. The sky is the limit for our graduates!”

Leonie Falconer
Lead Workshop Facilitator 

I volunteer for the EDGE program because I believe in what the program supports. Our youth need this kind of program and what it offers to help them on their life’s journey. I have been part of the program for over 20 years. My children, nieces, nephews and cousins have all enrolled in the program and only have positive things to say about it. I am thrilled to be apart of the EDGE program and will continue to support the program to the best of my ability.

Jameeka Murdock
Admin Officer EDGE Youth Alumni

I enjoy assisting with the workshops (dining etiquette and dance choreography). It has been a lot of fun getting to know the new Debutantes and Beaux.

Brianna Hylton
President, Youth Alumni 

As the 2014 debutante of the year, now turned President of the EDGE Youth Alumni Committee, nothing makes me happier than to see more and more of my peers complete this program. EDGE helped me to grow and discover my full potential and self-confidence. My goal is to encourage more youth to do the same. Taking initiative and working towards personal development is really what gives you an EDGE in life, and I hope all participants find success in all of their future endeavours by drawing on the lessons they’ve learned with us.

2019 Youth Alumni Committee:

Beau of the Year; Jordan Adjbeng

Debutante of the Year; Alexia Ward

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