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CCYP Celebrates 9 Years and Awards Four Career Connect Scholarships

November 04 2014

Contact: Anne Van Vleck
Executive Director, CCYP
Email: anne@capecodyoungprofessionals.org
Phone: 508-714-2201

CCYP Celebrates 9 Years and Awards Four Career Connect Scholarships

Welcomes New Board Members and distributes Fall Scholarships
BARNSTABLE, MA – November 4th, 2014 – CCYP, one of Cape Cod’s fastest growing non-profit business and advocacy networking groups, announced the recipients of its Career Connect Scholarships. This fall, a total of $10,000 in scholarships is awarded to four adult students who are returning to school, training in a new profession, or taking courses to develop their professional life on Cape Cod.


The scholarships will be announced at CCYP’s 9th Anniversary Party at Chatham Bars Inn, proudly presented by Cape Cod Healthcare, where 200 people will be in attendance.


“CCYP has had a pivotal year as more young professionals are engaged in the betterment of Cape Cod,” said Anne Van Vleck, Executive Director, CCYP.  “As we celebrate the 9th anniversary of this now Cape Cod institution, we can reflect on the hard work that is going into shaping the cape, mentoring young professionals and welcoming Cape Codders interested in connecting, engaging and advancing in every way that positively impacts the lives of the next great generation of Cape Codders.” 


“A vibrant workforce is essential to a strong Cape Cod economy, now and in the future,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “CCYP has made this their mission and Cape Cod Healthcare is proud to support and partner with them. We applaud their efforts to galvanize the various strengths and talents of our young people to preserve what Cape Codders before them have created, and ensure that Cape Cod remains a special place to live, work and visit.”


CCYP was founded in November 2005 with the idea that Cape Cod could benefit from an organization of young people dedicated to the betterment of the region. Today CCYP is the only organization of its kind serving the region. As part of its mission, CCYP launched Career Connect, to give back to Cape Cod and its emerging workforce.


The Career Connect scholarship, which is administered in partnership with The Cape Cod Foundation, is for students 21 and older who live on Cape Cod, have made a mark in the community and show potential for continuing leadership.


CCYP previously awarded five other scholarships, totaling $15,000, at its annual Community Breakfast last June. After their Anniversary Celebration, CCYP will have awarded $80,000 worth of scholarships.  The four scholarship winners for this round at the November Anniversary Party are; Julie Keene, John Bonanni, William Schneeweiss, and Bryony Scudder.


John Bonanni of South Yarmouth, a special education classroom teacher at Latham Centers, is currently attending Bridgewater State University to obtain a Master’s Degree in special education. Bonanni is also the Founding Editor of the Cape Cod Poetry Review, the region’s first literary journal.  As an artist, John has bridged the visual arts and literature into human services in countless ways, from directing an Art Summer Program, to hosting a poetry workshop for at-risk youth at the Sturgis Library, to providing a poetry workshop to the Rhode Island Training School in Providence, RI this past May.  This degree will help Bonanni in the special education field and continue executing integrated arts and literature to the field of human services.


Julie Keene of Sagamore Beach, is a Certified (CPC) Medical Coder for Cape Cod HealthCare. She is currently studying to become In-Patient Coding/CCS certified to advance Keene’s health systems career.  Additionally, Keene is the education officer for the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders where she coordinates events and opportunities for continued education and professional development in the field. Keene is also the founding secretary for the nonprofit organization known as the "Friends of Hoxie", which is working to convert the empty Hoxie Elementary School into a cultural center for the community.


William Schneeweiss of Orleans, is a customer service representative with TD Bank and an on-call firefighter with the Brewster Fire Department, where he is passionate with community involvement. Schneeweiss is currently attending Cape Cod Community College to obtain his fire science degree and paramedic certification which will advance his fire service.


Bryony Scudder of Centerville, is currently an instructional assistant at Barnstable United Elementary having worked with children with special needs for almost 10 years.  Scudder is planning to attend UMass-Lowell to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  This program will prepare her to work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and will further her career and credibility in the field. Scudder also helped form a nonprofit sailing program, Sail Cape Cod, which takes individuals with disabilities sailing, which for many is their first on the water experience.
For more information about CCYP, visit www.CapeCodYoungProfessionals.org.


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About CCYP
CCYP was founded in November 2005 with the idea that Cape Cod could benefit from an organization of young people dedicated to the betterment of the region. Today CCYP is the only organization of its kind serving the region. For more information about CCYP, visit www.capecodyoungprofessionals.org.