Sitting behind the registration desk like an accomplished professional, Michely Julno is very proud of her title of Student Assistant Principal. Despite her age, for more than one hundred elementary and middle school students in the First Haitian Baptist Church Youth and Children Development Center Inc. After School Program, she is like a caring adult giving them directions, instructions, help, and support.
Julno is an 11th-grader at Glades Central Community High School. Dedicated and motivated, she has a passion for helping others especially young students. Every day she volunteers her time and uses her knowledge to assist at the center.
“I am a mentor here. Basically it is like working in a regular classroom at school. I have my lesson plan,” Julno said. “I assist students with their homework. I give them extra work to do, and every day there is a different subject to cover. I have three middle schoolers to assist me.”
Her parents migrated from Haiti to the United States and enrolled her in this very same program when she was in second grade. She says that she is giving back what she received in support.
“I am very proud of her,” said Mona St. Hilaire, the director of the program. “Michely is currently a Dual Enrolled student at Palm Beach State College. She is also in the top five percent of her class. She has been working at the Youth and Development Center since she was in 8th grade. She is a clarinet player and has won many district awards,” she adds.
Julno aspires to one day be a judge and is currently in the Criminal Justice Academy at Glades Central High School.
The program serves students in elementary and middle schools in the Glades, most of which are of Haitian descent. Julno encourages the community to take advantage of the program.
“This program is the best and I would recommend it to any parent,” Julno said
Her involvement provides her community service hours, however her level of engagement is priceless.
Julno is a model for all young students who would like to give back to their community early in their life. She inspires many others to get involved.
The After Care program encourages many other students to come and help the young ones as mentors.
“They can be the best examples for them,” says Ms. St. Hilaire.