Two years ago, U.S. Sugar began hosting summer interns from Clewiston High School’s Destination Graduation program. The program helps students at risk of graduating because of their academic performance as well as family-related obstacles, such as poverty and a history of violence or abuse.
One of the first U.S. Sugar managers to participate in this program was Lisa Kelley, administrative services manager in Sugar Manufacturing, who took on a student named Taniya Banks. Taniya had no connections to U.S. Sugar but was in need of extra support to ensure she would graduate from school.
Over the course of two summers, Taniya worked as an intern in Sugar Manufacturing, evolving from a shy, young girl to a talkative, confident young adult. Today, Taniya has been accepted to Florida Memorial University, a small, competitive college in St. Augustine that boasts the sixth highest starting salaries for graduates among other universities statewide.
Lisa had the honor of joining Taniya and other Clewiston High School students at a recent “signing day’’ event to celebrate their acceptance to college, trade school or the military. Taniya’s success is another example of how U.S. Sugar employees are giving a little of their time to make a huge difference in someone else’s life.