Executive Director of Gifford Youth Achievement Center receives Diaspora Award


Angelia Perry, Executive Director of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center was honored at the African Diaspora Awards as a Shining Star at a glitzy dinner held at the state-of-the-art Kite Center for Emerging Technologies at Indian River State College produced by Jane Bassa-Tolliver, president of Perfect Results, Inc. and 104.5 The Flame Radio.

Other honorees included Highwayman Al Black, Charles & Hassie Russ owners of Granny's Kitchen, Patrick Duval, Willy J. Williams Sr. ,Phyllis M. Gillespie, Esq., Pearl Matthews Liverpool, and City of Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney.?

Each honoree has shown themselves to be a leader and an outstanding member of the Treasure Coast community providing service or contributions both locally and world wide.

Bassa-Tolliver acted as emcee at GYAC's speaker series event which featured Iyanla Vanzant (Iyanla Fix my Life on the Oprah Network) and was impressed by the organizational skills which Perry and her staff showed in presenting Ms. Vanzant. She also was inspired by the mission of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center and when she was producing this year's show, she wanted to honor Perry and GYAC.

The African Diaspora Shining Light Award is just one of the many accolades Gifford Youth Achievement Center, an after school academic center has recieved for their work in helping students reach their goals of graduating high school and perhaps entering into colleges and universities in the future.  GYAC is located at 4875 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach and you may view information on its programs for students and adults at or by calling (772) 794-1005.