Graduation - Cultured Ministry Update

Posted on by YFC Seattle

By Chaffawn Smith, Cultured Program Director

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You’ve got to take risks.” – Denzel Washington

Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


I would like to recognize the class of 2020 in this post: 9 seniors and 6 eighth graders.  They have been in my life for 2 years or more.  I am grateful for the experience I’ve had with them over the years and I am sad to see the seniors go.

Three of our seniors are siblings: Jade and Shade, who are twins, and their brother Jordan.  These are my athletes.  All three of them played basketball, but what is amazing is that they were also starters on the varsity football team.  These kids were outstanding  to watch.  Not only are they athletic, they are intelligent and love God.  And I was blessed to watch them grow and be active in the community.  They are very respectful children and were amazing leaders in the ministry.

My Sua boys were my comedians and musicians – full of life.  These boys have known Mr. Mike since they were in middle school and have strong relationships with him to this day: Malachi, Tesiah, James, and Jaleel.

Lavera and Jaden were my two Franklin leaders who lead Bible study this year, coached my dance team, and continuously made me smile as they excel as leaders wherever they go.  These two have helped me when I’ve felt discouraged.  Even when I felt like I didn’t have time for certain programs, I was able to lean on to them because of their strong leadership.

My eighth graders: Kh’Merrion, Leilani, Jasmine, Ricco, Zamaya, and Xavier.  I’m totally excited to work with them for the next 4 years!  Some are activists and have already done so much individually for the black community.  Others are dancers or just ready to become leaders in Cultured. 

We are a family and to not recognize these 15 just isn’t right.  I have so many great memories with all these students.  We have lived life on life and have had challenging moments, but I have also seen them cry during our winter camps, giving their life to Christ, sharing their pains, and also their victories.

I would say these young people are not just students I work with, but my family.  God put me here to be changed.  These students have been healing for me and it has given me great joy to realize my purpose is to help the broken, pray for the hurt, and to be a listener.  By walking alongside them, I have learned how to show grace and be patient; understanding the gospel all the more and being able to break it down for them so they actually get it.

Furthermore, these young people are our future leaders and I know that YFC is grateful to have these amazing students in our lives. 


  • Pray that our graduating students would find direction and strength as they are taking the next steps for their future.
  • Pray they do not feel neglected due to the pandemic with graduation and prom being cancelled.
  • Pray for our team as we lose such strong influences and leaders.  Pray that we would gain more young people that are just as strong and passionate about Christ.
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