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  • Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Celebrates the Graduation of Four Students

    Contact: JoAnna Cooper, Ben D. Johnson EducatContact: JoAnna Cooper, Ben D. Johnson Educational Center

    Phone: (318) 460-7460 Email: jcooper@bdjcenter.org Website: www.bdjcenter.org
    Natchitoches, Louisiana – The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ Center) celebrated the graduation of four students from the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Training Program. Cedriana Franklin, Brittney Hamilton, Monica Johnson and Jasmine Scarborough were joined by family and friends Thursday, October 29, 2020 to witness them receive their Certificate in Foodservice and Hospitality. These students are part of a program which serves young adults between the age of 17-24, who are out of work and school.  Students learn essential skills needed to succeed in the workplace and become successful members of the community.   It is important to recognize the amazing accomplishments these students have achieved which sets the foundation for a life where they can continue pursing and striving for career goals they long to accomplish.   
    Cedriana Franklin, one of the graduates, addressed the audience with a heart-warming statement: “This program has helped me become myself again, after all the difficulties that have prevented me from continuing my dreams. I want to thank everybody who pushed me, supported me, and helped me finished this step in my life…”.  
    As this session comes to a close, a new class will welcome more students in pursuit of their dreams on Thursday, November 12th, 2020. The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center ask that you spread the word about this amazing program and help them continue to transform lives and build community in Natchitoches.    
    The Legacy Cafe is a component of the BDJ Center and acts as the hands-on training environment for students in the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program. The Café is currently closed for in-person dining, but you can still call and order their Family Meal Deals and contact them for your catering needs during the holidays.  You are also asked to enjoy Soul Food Sunday pop-ups, where Guest Chef, Karen Wallace features a different menu each week.
    The BDJ Center is a 501 (c)3 Nonprofit.  All proceeds from the Legacy Café go back into programming.  Claire Prymus, President and Founder, stated: “We are pleased to support young people in Natchitoches, teaching them life skills and help them pursue sustainable employment.”
    Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with programs, services, and special events: https://www.facebook.com/400MLK and https://www.facebook.com/BDJCenter  
    Cedriana Franklin                 Jasmine Scarborough
                                                  Monica Johnson
                                                  Brittney Hamilton