2015 TATI’s Bright Faces Youth Leadership Program Creates Self-Awareness

Miami Gardens – Transforming America Through Interaction (TATI, Inc.) announces the completion of their first TATI’s Bright Faces Youth Leadership Program, in partnership with The Episcopal Church of Holy Family in Miami Gardens.

This youth leadership program was held on the compound of Holy Family and activities took place once per week.

“The objective of TATI’s Bright Faces,” says Tanya Ragbeer, President of TATI, Inc., “is to introduce the students to professionals who not only look and sound like them, but are also making strides in the community. It’s phenomenal to hear the stories of success, failure, struggles and triumph that were presented, and to see the responses of the students.

This is a very enriching program designed to empower teens by introducing them to people that they normally would not have such intimate access to, and for them to learn first-hand from people in their chosen career fields.”
“An excellent program” said Albert Lettman Board Member of TATI, INC. “Questions that the students asked demonstrated that they learned a lot from the program and will be better prepared for the transition from school to college and the “real world”.

TATI Youth Leadership
Father Horace Ward, Isaiah O’Connor – Scholarship Winner and Tanya Ragbeer

The leadership program is focused on, but not restricted to teens of Caribbean heritage, and this year’s activities included field trips to locations such as the Miami Gardens City Hall, WAVS 1170 AM Radio, and Weston Animal Hospital. Bright Faces students engage with professionals in Finance, Retail Sales, Wholesale Manufacturing and Distribution, Arts & Culture, Government, Media & Communications, Health, and Education. The program also includes personal development coaching activities lead by Life Coach Tanya Ragbeer, and is designed to create self-awareness.

“An amazing summer,” said Horace Ward, Rector of The Episcopal Church of Holy Family. “This was one of the most impactful experiences for all involved in TATI’s Summer Mentorship. The young people who participated were given incredible opportunities to learn about real life careers and business opportunities, and they came alive! It was just amazing to see the Coaches, led by Tanya, and the business partners give so generously of and from their wealth of experiences. Yes, this was the most engaging and impactful experience that one could ask for at any time. TATI’s Mentorship changed and enriched lives and it’s impact will indeed last a lifetime! Thanks Tanya for your bold vision and incredible dedication.”

The TATI’s Bright Faces program culminated with a graduation ceremony and a $250 scholarship awarded to young Isaiah O’Connor, 10th grade student of MAST High School. O’Connor labeled the program as “informative and eye-opening.”

Applications for the 2016 program year are now being accepted. To register a student, to volunteer, or to donate towards the program funding, visit the website at:, or call 954-895-8384 for further details.

2015 TATI’s Bright Faces Youth Leadership Program graduates.
2015 TATI’s Bright Faces Youth Leadership Program graduates.

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