Monday’s Madame: Terryl De Mendonca, Founder Of The Misunderstood Youth Development Center

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Monday’s Madame: Terryl De Mendonca

Age: 38

Location: Queens, NY

Terryl De Mendonca is Founder and Executive Director of  The Misunderstood Youth Development Center (MYDC) in New York. Initially, MYDC served as an after-school program for youths in New York City, operating under the guise, “it takes a village to raise a child.” As student membership grew, MYDC began to  provide mentorship, leadership development workshops and field trips for the young people who came through its doors. By exposing students to these three facets, they are able to be exposed to some very positive things. MYDC also benefits families through counseling sessions that  teach life skills to both parents and children.

Her vision provides the platform for both parents and community leaders to be involved in how the youth in their community develop. To ensure this vision comes to fruition in each child’s life who participates in MYDC programs, a contract is given to the children, parents and community leaders. The contract allows the participating students to understand the concept of commitment. It also holds the youths accountable for their grades, behavior and leadership development.

De Mendonca has contributed to MYDC by raising political awareness within New York City. MYDC has been recognized by political leader Marty Markowitz and the Queens District Attorney’s Office for the changes it has made within participating communities. Besides MYDC, De Mendonca has also created The Fresh Start Program. It services troubled teens from the ages of 14-19. It serves the community by reducing crime through efforts to educate teens about self-esteem and employment opportunities. Kudos to you Miss De Mendonca!

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