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The Center's YPC Academy: Building leaders of the future

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Joseph Ciolino

Smiles and laughs were exchanged as bowling pins were knocked over, or in some cases, missed, during a Young Professionals Council (YPC) social event on March 19 at Kearny Mesa Bowl, which coincided with a YPC Academy class.

Among those present was Rick Cervantes, class of 2014 and now co-chair of the YPC executive committee, who was anxiously waiting for his bowling ball to reappear from the ball return before sending it down the lane again. Along with Cervantes enjoying the afternoon was a handful of past YPC academy graduates, members of the current academy class and their friends.

The YPC Academy — created by Dr. Delores Jacobs, chief executive officer of the San Diego LGBT Community Center — was established in 2012 to “expand the ranks of young LGBT leaders” and prepare them for work in the community through nonprofits or public service. According to The Center’s website, the YPC “fosters a culture of diversity, service, leadership, advocacy and camaraderie among young LGBT San Diegans while developing the next generation of LGBT and LGBT-allied civic leaders.”

Jacobs, a former professor before taking over The Center in 2001, established the curriculum herself and has taught every academy class since day one, according to staff.

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