Career Youth Development selects new executive director

February 26, 2014

Career Youth Development (CYD) is pleased to announce the hiring of a new executive director, Ms. Eva Spencer. Ms. Spencer is a United States Army veteran with experience as a program director, educator and counselor.
Ms. Spencer possesses exceptionally strong academic credentials and a wealth of experience in both program/office administration and direct services to vulnerable populations. Her previous experience includes having served as the program director of the Agape Community Center and The House that Love Built. Additionally, she is an experienced educator, having previously served as an instructor at Lakeland College and at Bryant & Stratton College, where she instructed both undergraduate and graduate students. Most recently, Ms. Spencer has worked in the private sector as a principal and business development manager within the fashion and cosmetics industry. DSCN0113
The chairwoman of the CYD Board of Directors, Attorney Barbara Franks, stated: “The CYD Board was very pleased to see the impressive qualities of all of those who applied for the executive director position. We believe that Eva Spencer’s prior experience in social services and education, combined with her more recent private sector business experience and her commitment to the community and the mission of Career Youth Development, make her the right fit for CYD at this time.”
Ms. Spencer’s selection as executive director comes in the wake of the election of three new members to CYD’s Board of Directors and a recent decision to increase the size of the Board of Directors to 11 members.
The Mission of Career Youth Development, Inc., is to increase the prosperity and quality of life in the community through holistic interventions designed to improve the lives of children, youth and families. CYD’s mission is realized through “Love in Action” which has been its inspiration to serve.
CYD was founded in 1970 by Jeannetta Robinson and her mother and civil rights activist, Claretta “Mother Freedom” Simpson, to serve troubled teens and their families. Today, more than forty years after its founding, through its many programs and services, CYD continues to arm people with the tools they need to make positive changes in their lives socially, spiritually and economically.