9/20/2016

It's Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

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Time flies! 

Our 29th Annual Peninsula Golf Challenge is now officially less than 2 weeks from today, and we are so excited to see this year's teams play! 

Have you reserved a spot for your fivesome team yet? We still have openings!
Check out our event page to buy tickets for yourself or your team. 

Don't golf but still want to support Friends for Youth? Come out to our immaculate 5-star dinner and join in on the fun with our live and silent auctions!

Time is running out! Visit eventbrite.com for more on the event and buy tickets before it's too late.

We hope to see you there!


8/25/2016

It's Back to School Time!

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As the summer season comes to a close and the leaves begin to fall, it can only mean one thing for students and parents alike; school's starting!
For some, this might seem like a prison sentence. But success in school is easy to achieve with just a little hard work and determination.
One factor, however, that parents and adult mentors may overlook when considering the success of their children, is the impact that home life and emotional support has on a student. 

Here's a few tips that both mentors and parents can reference when trying to optimize their child's success:

  •  Encourage healthy habits by exercising with your child in fun ways and cooking nutritious meals. Children can't focus in class if their health is suffering.
  • Create a routine and designated work space for studying and homework. Clear instruction and a desk area help keep kids focused.
  • Read with your child every day. Reading both fiction and educational books motivate children to learn and become better readers.
  • Show interest in his/her school. Regularly meet with teachers, review curriculum, and do homework with your child.
  • Talk to your student often and ask about how they feel about school. Show interest in what they are learning and their friends. The best way to make children interested in school is for them to have a positive school experience.
A healthy home life is the first step to educational success.

Friends for Youth's new group mentoring program, ConnectSHS, provides in-class mentoring services to at-risk 9th graders at Sequoia High School. Connect is designed to give extra educational and emotional support to students who may not have the optimal home situation. 
Learn more about ConnectSHS and how mentors can create successful students on our website.

Good luck in the 2016-2017 school year!


Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/Ten-Tips-for-Your-Childs-Success-in-School.aspx





8/18/2016

San Francisco Zoo Habitat Reconstruction Activity!

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Our friendships had a blast at the San Francisco Zoo last weekend! Friends for Youth had the opportunity to volunteer in partnership with HandsOn Bay Area at the zoo restoring animal habitats. It was fun for all ages, and the friendships were rewarded with free admission to the zoo after all of their hard work. Great job, team!




We hope to continue providing friendships with exciting volunteer opportunities and ways to give back to the community. 
Stay involved in upcoming events by checking out our Facebook page. 
See you at the next event!

8/11/2016

Youth Who Volunteer Become Better Adults

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It's obvious that community service has a huge impact on those that it serves, but what is often overlooked is the influence it has on the volunteers themselves. Working with others on a humanitarian project creates an environment that can facilitate the growth of leadership and social skills, self-esteem, and even better general physical health. Points of Light, an international non-profit that focuses on volunteer service, as well as the University of Nevada-Reno, both published research articles on the effect of volunteering on youth, and the results are encouraging:

Over the last 10 years, youth volunteering has risen dramatically. 30% of youth participate in volunteer activities at least once a month. This is a huge increase, considering youth now spend 2.4 billion hours a year volunteering, which equates to a $34.3 billion increase to the U.S. economy.

Youth who volunteer do better in school, get better grades, and are 50% less likely to use drugs, alcohol, or engage in risky behaviors. Those who donate their time also experience greater health benefits than those who don't, including greater mental health like the reduction of depression and anxiety.

The effects go even deeper, as youth who volunteer are 3 times more likely to volunteer as adults, and 81% of those who volunteer continue to donate as they get older.
It's now proven that youth who volunteer grow up to be stable, compassionate adults who also volunteer.

Friends for Youth promotes the benefits of volunteering to our mentor/mentee friendships, and always encourages our youth to join in volunteering opportunities.
An upcoming friendship volunteering event at the San Francisco Zoo is coming up, and we are so excited to impact the lives of our youth and the community!
Stay tuned for updates!

Sources: https://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/cd/2003/fs0323.pdf
http://www.pointsoflight.org/sites/default/files/site-content/files/social_impact_of_volunteerism_pdf.pdf

8/03/2016

Get Involved: Our New Social Media Campaign!

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Calling all Friends for Youth supporters! Want an easy and fun way to support your favorite non-profit mentoring organization? Join our social media campaign!

We just launched a new campaign to raise awareness for Friends for Youth. Our board member, Linda Chen, has generously agreed to donate $25 for each selfie that's posted online in front of our ConnectSHS banner on Sequoia High School's fence, located on El Camino Real in between Broadway and James Ave in Redwood City, CA. Post your picture on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hash tag #ConnectSHS and tag @friendsforyouth, and your efforts will provide FFY with a $25 donation! What an amazing opportunity! 

Check out our Facebook for more information. We will be periodically featuring our supporters on our Instagram and Twitter, so keep a look out for your selfie, we might just feature you!


7/28/2016

Exciting News!

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Friends for Youth is happy to announce our recent upgrade to Platinum Status on GuideStar

GuideStar is a database for non-profit organizations that gives accurate and up-to-date information for donors, allowing them to make educated decisions about where they want to donate. Platinum is the highest status that GuideStar currently awards, and we are proud to share that we've achieved this level of recognition. We pride ourselves on the transparency that we have within our organization, and hope that everyone can benefit from the information that we provide. 

Take a look at our GuideStar profile and see for yourself the commitment that we have for sharing what we do!


7/21/2016

Why Be A Mentor? Impact A Youth's Life

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A Lasting Impact

If you think back to your own childhood, you may remember an adult who played the role of a mentor in your life, and that you believe positively influenced your future. The real impact of mentors on youth wasn't fully understood, but now the release of new research studies prove the lasting effect a mentor has on their mentee. According to MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, 1 in 3 young people grow up without a supportive adult role model and/or caretaker in their lives. This is especially concerning, as having an adult mentor impacts a child's future educational achievement, self-esteem, and emotional well-being.
Nationally, 1.3 million students drop out of school every year. Half of low-income and minority youth fail to graduate on time. Only 10% of at-risk youth in the lowest income quartile graduate from college.
But there is hope; the new statistics concerning mentors is promising.

At-Risk youth that have a mentor are:
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs
Friends for Youth has a success rate far above the national average. Not only do 98% of mentoring relationships created in our program complete the 1-year term, 90% stay connected and have long-term mentorships that exist outside of the program. 100% of our mentees stay in school, and 88% avoided and/or stopped use of illegal drugs and alcohol. As you can see, mentoring works!

How Can You Help?
  
The facts don't lie. Having a mentor during child and early adulthood has an immensely positive effect on an individual's life. 
So, don't you want create a lasting impact on a local youth in-need, in a way that effectively changes their future? Become a mentor! Sign up for an info session today and learn more about how you can get involved.  

Source - http://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/#1442263051104-6ca77555-c66a1be4-a01f

7/14/2016

Petaluma Speedway Event Was A Success!

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The debut of our race car sponsorship at Petaluma Speedway was a resounding success! 

We are thrilled to have had such a great turn out with friendships, staff members, and local Friends for Youth advocates all coming together to show their support for Paul Hanley as he secured 9th place in the main event. Amazing job, Paul!

 A big thank you to everyone who attended, including JT Graphics and Kristen Hanley for the in-kind donation of the sponsorship.

Didn't make it? Check out our Facebook page for photos and video from the event so you won't miss out on the action!

Stay up to date on upcoming events by visiting friendsforyouth.org.
We hope to see you at the next one!



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