My Sincerest Gratitude

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Molly & MS2

Dear YEScarolina friends,

Throughout my four and a half years at YEScarolina, I have seen dreams come true. I have witnessed young individuals blossom into confident entrepreneurs. I’ve seen teachers grow to be more confident professionals in their classrooms. I have seen people touched by the mission of YEScarolina and the dedication to impact the community.

When I moved to South Carolina, I was a young 18-year-old girl entering a community that was so new, undiscovered, and scary. I knew no one, but was excited to start a new chapter in my life. Everything changed when I had the opportunity to participate in Tommy Baker’s Seminar for Entrepreneurship class at the College of Charleston. In this class, I was introduced to several successful entrepreneurs and business owners, one being Jimmy Bailey. Jimmy brought Zoe Damacela, of Chicago, to share her story of how entrepreneurship and the NFTE course carried her out of poverty and into a life of passion & success. After hearing how drastically one class changed her life, I knew right then and there, I wanted to be involved in YEScarolina somehow.

In joining the team at YEScarolina, I not only gained a community, but life long friends, colleagues, mentors, and mentees. It is all of you who have helped me become the woman I am today. I am so grateful for the advice, guidance, inspiration, respect, encouragement, and support I have received from all of you.

As Jimmy has always said, “People can achieve great success given the tools and the chance.” Thanks to you, I am confident the lessons I have learned, the relationships I have built, and the skills I have obtained at YEScarolina have given me what I need to take my life to new heights.

As of June 30th, 2017 I will no longer be an employee at YEScarolina, however I will never stop being an advocate for all you do for our youth and the South Carolina community. It has been an honor to work with you, get to know you, and grow with you for the past four years.

Although it is bittersweet to say goodbye, I am excited to see all of the great things to come for YEScarolina and all of you in the future.

If you ever need anything or just want to chat, please feel free to call me at 616-648-3803 or email my personal account at molly.crete@gmail.com.

All the best,
Molly
See below for some of Molly’s favorite and proudest moments at YEScarolina

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2012 Gala: My first volunteer experience

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2012 County Competition: My first competition!

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2013 Mentorship Program: We visited businesses such as Baker Motor Company, Affordabike, Las Olas, MyPhoneMD, PeopleMatter, Advantage Media Group, etc.

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2014 state

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2014 State Business Plan Competition

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I became certified in the 2014 YEScarolina/NFTE Entrepreneurship Program!

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2014 gala

2014 Gala: Entrepreneurship in Charleston Then & Now

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2014 Downtown Biz Camp: 1st camp I co-taught!

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2015 NFTE Global Showcase

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2015 Regional Competition

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2015 State Competition: That year we had all guys representing in the semi-final round. Oh and Nick drove a golf cart into CofC

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Speaking Engagements at various schools with Aquila and Jerome!

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Inaugural Harbor Student Accelerator Program

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2015 NFTE National Challenge: Both Connor & Caleb advanced to the top 14 in the Country!

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2015 Gala: Rock N Roll with YEScarolina

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After school Biz Camp at Buist Academy

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First afterschool program ever! Carolyn did amazing!!

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Inaugural Middle State Competition

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2016 State Competition

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I’m going to miss these girls! Could NOT have done any of this without Frances & Erin!

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2016 Summer Biz Camps with all-star teachers, Amanda & Keidrian

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007th Annual Gala

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2016 NFTE Nationals! Here’s Tindall running up because she advanced to Semi-finals! As you can see in their smiles, Kevin advanced too!   IMG_1163

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2016 Harbor Student Accelerator

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Simmons-Pinckney After school camp. Erin and I taught this one!   IMG_5755

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2017 Regionals

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2017 State: Can’t wait to see what Jasmine and Colin do at the National Challenge!

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Inaugural Bill Hall Culinary Entrepreneurship Scholarship

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HUGE thanks to Austin! I am looking forward to seeing what Austin has in store for YEScarolina Moving Forward!