Our Mission

To provide services that promote learning, social, and health advancement in the communities we serve.

Our Motto

Determination + Direction = The Key 2 Success

Our Team

Key 2 Success:

Youth Advancement Organization was founded by Corita Key.  Corita believes that success is possible when you have determination and direction to achieve your goals!

Founder | Executive Director

— Corita Key

Co – President Tracey Sykes

Over 20 yrs. of experience in Education

Instructional Math & Science Coordinator

Masters in Reading

Vice President – Thea Poulakos

Over 15 yrs. as Elementary School Teacher

Masters in Reading

Treasurer – Caroline Gibson

Over 17 yrs. in Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teacher 

 Business and Program Management

 Drama Coach and Production Management 

Secretary – Dasia Key

Early Childhood Education Teacher

Yoga & Wellness Instructor

Photographer/Event Coordinator/Designer

Thank You To Our Board Members!

Our Why

To inspire a growth -mindset, provide positive social outlets, promote family, and community engagement.  Many adults are aware of the importance of learning and understand that learning is lifelong, but many of our youth do not comprehend this meaning “lifelong Learning.”  The challenge is not that our youth don’t want to learn or can’t learn, but that it takes a little creativity, patience, and a safe space for them to listen, respond, and grow! Our youth deserve our attention and need our nurturing to develop resilience, empathy, leadership, and dedication to become productive citizens of our future! Which is why we keep our participants active, engaged, with options, and a multitude of resources as the building blocks for a better tomorrow!

Advisory Board

Michelle Hassan

MA Educational Leadership

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership Equity and Inquiry

Certificate Advanced Study in Education Administration and Supervision

Carol Farabee

Member of NSBA Leadership Council 

CEO and Founder of the Nonprofit Young Writers Foundation


Member of the (CLO) Business Intelligence Board

Brandy Reese

Reading Specialist

10 yrs+ Experience in Education

Afterschool Coach

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