"I am the executive director of Wesley Community Center because it was a savior and safe haven for me when I was growing up," she told us. "The food pantry fed me and my mom. The Girl Scout Program in the Center helped build my leadership and speaking skills. I'm here to make sure those same things are available at the Wesley Center for all the Yvettes since me and those to come to the Wesley Center."
Here is more from Yvette:
What superpower would you love to have?
I always wanted to be like Wolverine in the X-Men. I love when the claws come out.
What do you love about life in Dayton?
I love the philanthropic spirit of our community. People will rally around a compelling cause with treasure, time and talent.
Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?
I grew up in Dayton. When I was offered a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University, my dad helped me get a car to persuade me to stay in Dayton and to attend Wright State University. It worked.
What will be key to Dayton’s future success?
Retaining young talent to live, work, innovate, volunteer and play in Dayton. Our ability to keep fresh talent in key positions in business, government and nonprofit will allow our community to remain relevant. We never want to be on the Dying Cities list again.
Where do you go for a great time?
My couch with my Roku remote and ice cream from UDF. Outside my house, I love going out to the movies.
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
I think we will be a hub for high technology manufacturing and the arts, particularly around media for film and theater.
If you could, what one thing would you bring back to the community?
Downtown Dayton Days. Those were the best. Me and my best friend would skip school on those days.