Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saturday of service at Samaritan House

Current Friendships gave back to their community last weekend by volunteering at Samaritan House. These gals prepared healthy ingredients used for delicious lunches made available to food service clients. Thank you Samaritan House for welcoming us into your kitchen and allowing us to start the weekend off positively!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Spotlight Friendships

Yale + Keilee  
Yale and Keilee were matched in November of 2013 and have since become great friends! They were able to attend various FFY activities like the ballet, Sky High, CuriOdyssey, the Nutrition Workshop, and the holiday party. Although they were busy having fun, they volunteered at Lytton Gardens and packed boxes for Operation Christmas.  These gals had a fabulous year and will continue to meet and enjoy homemade smoothies!
 Jeff + Michael
Jeff and Michael were matched in November of 2013 and are now buddies! During their first year of Friendship these two visited the Cal Academy, attended a Warriors game, went to Sky High and attended both the stress management and nutritional workshops. As their Friendship has only continued to grow, these two will still meet, play sports, and have a blast!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friendships and guests celebrate the holidays at the Winter Lodge!

About fifty current Friendships, alumni, and guests came together for holiday fun! Those in attendance were able to enjoy ice skating, lunch, dessert, and a small gift courtesy of our donors. It was great seeing so many familiar faces. Thanks for choosing to kick off the holiday season with FFY!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall fun with Franklin Templeton!

Friends for Youth partnered with Franklin Templeton this week for some fabulous fall fun! Mentees on the waitlist were able to enjoy Giants baseball, pizza and pumpkin carving. Many thanks to Franklin Templeton for sponsoring the event. We had a great time!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Mentors and Mentees alike enjoyed Friends for Youth's Pumpkin Carving and Art Night courtesy of Los Altos United Methodist Church. Friendships were able to enjoy some GHOULicious food, a FALLtastic watercolor lesson, and SPOOKtacular pumpkin carving!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our thanks to the Giants Community Fund!


The annual Strike Out Violence day, hosted by the San Francisco Giants, was celebrated this past Sunday, and Friends for Youth Friendship Omar and Samuel were on hand for the festivities! This Friendship kindly represented Friends for Youth at the game and the pregame ceremony. Mentee Samuel even got to walk on the field!

Friends for Youth would like to thank the Giants Community Fund for awarding our organization an $8,000 grant. We are honored to be recognized by the Giants Community Fund for our violence prevention efforts.

Go Giants!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friends for Youth welcomes new staff

Vanessa recently relocated to Northern California from Central Ohio, although she is originally from Bakersfield. She earned her BA from University of the Pacific in Spanish with minors in French and Ethnic Studies. Since then, she has worked as an advocate for underrepresented individuals in the educational, legal, and medical fields. She’s thrilled to be joining Friends for Youth and hopes her unique background will assist her in becoming a great Program Coordinator.

In her free time she enjoys comedy, foreign film/language, all things vegan, reading, and traveling with her dog. She is looking forward to meeting the Friendships!

Maria is a California native and has been a Bay Area resident for the last 12 years. She has been a volunteer mentor with Friends For Youth since 2009 and has really enjoyed building a friendship with her mentee over the years. She is excited to be a part of Friends For Youth as the new Program Associate.

Her professional background includes working at Google for several years as a Program Manager in Sales, Real Estate, Finance, and HR. She brings a variety of skills and experience to her new role. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and has also been a real estate investor over the last seven years. Maria is involved in her church community at Menlo Park Presbyterian, and she and her husband care for a young daughter and many pets at home.