The Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s (GYAC) Marketing & Events Manager, Stephanie Nelson, was twice recognized for her leadership qualities during the Florida Public Relations Association’s 82nd Annual Conference, held at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, FL.
“We are very proud of Stephanie’s accomplishments and support her professional development through the Florida Public Relations Association,” remarked Angelia Perry, GYAC’s Executive Director.
The Joe Curley Rising Leaders Class identifies and honors up-and-coming individual members that demonstrate emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in chapter activities. Nelson was nominated by the Treasure Coast Chapter of FPRA. In honor of her nomination, Nelson was awarded a $150 credit towards professional development expenses within the association.
LeadershipFPRA is an intensive five-session program limited to a class size of 21 members from across the state. The curriculum is challenging and is led by a faculty of some of the most accomplished professionals in the state. According to FPRA’s website, “Graduates of the LeadershipFPRA program will be better equipped to not only function as PR professionals in their respective workplaces, but also strengthen their rightful seat at the boardroom table and to evolve into further leadership roles in FPRA, their communities and the industry in general.”
FPRA was established in 1938 and is the oldest organization of public relations professionals in the world. With over 1200 members from 15 professional chapters and 13 student chapters across the state, FPRA members come from many backgrounds – private and public corporations, government entities, non-profit organizations and counseling firms – but they share the common goal of enhancing the public relations profession in Florida through ethical and standardized practices.
Gifford Youth Achievement Center, 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 resource-limited students in 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 educational training. The Center also hosts job fairs, health clinics, community gatherings and serves as an information hub for those in need of services.