50+ Faces – 50 Stories from our 50th Anniversary celebrants

Zelda Strong-Diaz

Zelda Strong-DiazThe White Plains Youth Bureau has been an integral part of my life. I started utilizing the Youth Bureau at 11 years old by going on summer outing using their Neighborhood Services drop-in day camp trips. Once I was able to obtain a summer job, Youth Employment provided me with my first office work experience at the NYS Department of Labor Standards. I was then offered an after-school p/t position at a local dentist office, which I held from 10th – 12th grade. I was also involved with the college readiness program and attended college campus tours. That is when I decided to attend Lincoln University and received my B.A. in Public Affairs.

After graduating, I was asked to work for the Youth Bureau as a Youth Aide. This work experience allowed me to decide on pursuing my M.P.A. in Public Administration with a concentration in Personnel Management from Pace University. As a City of White Plains Employee, I received the Edwin G. Michaelian Scholarship from Westchester County to supplement my tuition at Pace University. I currently work for Gartner, Inc. a global IT Research company as a program manager for client facing meetings. My love for community and the young continues also as I recently joined the Board of Directors for Sister to Sister International a non-for-profit with the mission “To link women and girls of African descent to the resources that connect, advance and strengthen us. We do this through advocacy education and the promotion of African culture.” At STSI I have the role of Organizational Effectiveness Director managing strategy and training. To think all this started with being nurtured at the White Plains Youth Bureau!

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