Former NULITES and STYLE graduate becomes BCU’s 2018 freshman class president

BY MICHAEL J. BOYKINS, SR., Director, Youth & Family Services

DAYTONA BEACH — Leonte Tukes exemplifies the word “leadership,” and since starting college recently, he’s been named Bethune-Cookman University’s 2018 freshman class president.

Leonte TukesHe has always been that young man who possesses a glow of determination and drive. As a member of the National Urban League Incentives To Excel & Succeed (NULITES) youth program, Tukes set the standard of being a positive role model and inclusive representation of the program’s seven principles:

Strive for excellence at home, school and in our community. Work within my neighborhood to further its development. Respect one’s mind and body as well as the mind and bodies of others. Celebrate my heritage and culture as well as those of others. Create a better future for my family, other people and myself. Care for the world’s people and environment. Promote a universal spirit of cooperation and peace.

Whenever asked to take part in any activity or event, Tukes would attend displaying that infectious smile, a polite greeting, a willing to work attitude and sometimes words of encouragement. His passion for helping people and dedication to God has opened doors and brought about a host of resources and opportunities that many doubted.

Besides being a member of NULITES, Tukes is also a graduate of the STYLE (Summer Training in Youth Leadership & Employment) program. After graduating from the program in 2016, he returned for the next two years as a volunteer, where he would offer advice and guidance to others who may have needed that little extra push or kind word.

When asked about the election process for freshman class president, he said, “I thought for sure that I had lost because I was not social enough during the campaign, but because of my vision, my plan and past leadership experiences, many were persuaded that I was the most eloquent and distinct candidate.”

Tukes is sorely missed by members of the NULITES and STYLE programs at the Pinellas County Urban League. They all wish him the best as he represents in his new and deserved role as BCU’s freshman class president.

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