Gifford Youth Achievement Center names Students of the Year


Jordan’s grandparents David and Katie McPherson, Jordan McPherson, Nadia Simms, Nadia’s mother Kisha Frierson

The Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) proudly recognizes Jordan McPherson, Nadia Simms, and Franco Trujillo as GYAC’s Students of the Year. In honor of their hard work and dedication during GYAC’s after school program, McPherson, Simms and Trujillo were recently presented with a new iPad.

Throughout the past school year, McPherson, Simms and Trujillo were committed to their academics and demonstrated all of the characteristics of a model student: superior attendance, integrity, compassion, honesty and leadership skills. On occasion, they also served as ambassadors for GYAC at off-campus events.

All three students are looking forward to going back to school in the fall and attending GYAC’s After School Education Program, which is slated to start August 24.

For additional information about GYAC’s After School Education Program, call 772-794-1005 or visit

About GYAC

The Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC), a 501(c)(3), opened its doors in 1998 with the sole purpose of enhancing the academic performance of children in Indian River County. The nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors, focuses on vulnerable students who live in the Gifford community and surrounding municipalities of Indian River County.  In addition to year-round educational programs and activities for youth, GYAC provides activities for adults and seniors citizens, such as exercise classes, bible study, and computer and educational training. The Center also hosts job fairs, health clinics, community gatherings and serves as an information hub.

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