Monday, August 3, 2015

This Friendship celebrates highlights of their year!

Mentoring pair Julius and Allan are celebrating one-year of Friendship!

"My mentor has helped me be a better person, be more responsible, and has given me advice. Our friendship is really good, fun, and we have many things in common!" ~Mentee Allan

"My mentee has shown me how to have fun, how to look at things differently, how to be more patient, and how to turn anything into an adventure." ~Mentor Julius

Congratulations Julius and Allan on this significant milestone and thank you for being part of Friends for Youth!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

First Friends for Youth Bowl-a-thon brought tons of friends and fun!

On Thursday, July 23, more than 110 bowlers and supporters packed Bowlmor in Cupertino for the first-ever Friends for Youth Bowl-a-thon. The event raised more than $15,000 for Friends for Youth and brought together 9 mentor/mentee Friendships, 6 Board members, and supporters both familiar and new to the organization. 

Groups from Google, Adobe, RSC, and Architectural Lighting Works all helped fill our 14 lanes of fun in the bowling alley. The night included a raffle, a photobooth with props for silly photos, and special Friends for Youth M&M party favors. Teams enjoyed pizza and rang cow bells as strikes were bowled!


Our deepest thanks to the Friends for Youth Bowl-a-thon Committee: Co-chairs Jessica Boisselle-Rairkar and Connie Maurer, Ashish Farmer, Petere Miner, Selim Onal, and Paulette Savage. This group worked tirelessly for months to plan this event, lead our fundraising efforts, and help recruit our bowlers. 

And thank you to everyone who came out to join us and the many who generously donated to make this event a success!

Jez n Friends
Lizbet and Connie's Alley Cats
Jim Prior and Friends
Goofy Goobers
Savage Strikers
Go Adobe
I Can't Believe It's Not Gutter
Always Be Bowling

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rockin' Jump!

Friendships new and old enjoyed some FUN fitness at Rockin' Jump this week! Mentors and mentees dove into foam pits, played dodgeball, and got to know one another!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Friendships visit NASA!

Current and Alumni Friendships visited the NASA/Ames Visitor Center this weekend! They were able to learn more about NASA's missions, take cool photos, and get to know one another.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spotlight Friendship

Prachi and Elizabeth were matched in March of 2014. During their first year together they embarked on many outdoor adventures, took advantage of the free ticket opportunities, and joined us at our annual Holiday Party. These two have learned from one another, become a great source of support for each other, and will continue to meet monthly!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friendship fun and sharpie tie dye

Past and present Friendships joined forces to express their creativity through wearable art. Alumni Friendship Connie + Lizbet gave us a quick lesson on sharpie tie dye and the results were amazing! Thanks to those who attended!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friends for Youth recognized by GuideStar as gold-level charity

Friends for Youth has earned the GuideStar Exchange Gold-level participant designation, demonstrating our organization's commitment to transparency and accountability.

"Friends for Youth is proud to have earned this recognition from GuideStar," said Executive Director Becky Cooper. "We want our donors, supporters, and community partners to know that we strive to be a well-run youth mentoring organization."

Information available on GuideStar about Friends for Youth includes: financial, leadership, mission, programming, impact, and effectiveness.

Founded in 1994, GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.