Who We Are
Board of Directors
Yolanda Klemmer, MSN, MPH, DrPH
Founder & President
"Talent is distributed equally across society, however, opportunity is not" has been one of the most unforgettable sayings that I have heard. In the field of public health, social determinants of health are focused on in attempts to change health outcomes and decrease health disparities. CTGY seeks to address and minimize some of the determinants that lead to disparities by fostering hope, exposure, and opportunities.
My passion for helping others and seeing people grow to their full potential drew me to the mission of CTGY. I've had the benefit of experiencing personal growth through taking a Gap Year and serving as a big brother and mentor to those in need.
After I graduated from Penn State University, I enjoyed an award-winning career as an executive in the hospitality industry. It only felt natural to apply my heart to serve others by joining CTGY where there is a focus on helping others through the power of God.
Everyone has the ability to succeed in life, whatever their area of desire, if they have the willingness and opportunity to explore their abilities, expand their experience, and embrace their purpose. Closing the Gap Year is missioned to do just that for disconnected youths and young adults. I’m excited that I can be a part of that purpose.
I'm honored to be a part of a vision to establish relationships with the generation that is not Up Next but Up Now! As an advocate for the development of young people aspiring to obtain lives filled with purpose, I'm proud to serve on the CTGY Board of Directors.
In my background work in counseling, I've actively engaged in the enrichment of young lives in many different public and private entities, served in the mental health field, and have partnered with local Juvenile Court Systems to re-acclimate youth back into the community. Since hearing about the mission of CTGY, I've been extremely motivated to be a part of an organization that truly is seeking to be focused on closing the gap between young people who have been disconnected and opportunities of advancement.