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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friends for Youth takes Friendships horseback riding in Half Moon Bay

On August 9, Friends for Youth had the amazing opportunity to take a number of mentors and mentees horseback riding at Sea Horse Ranch thanks to a generous contribution from an Emeritus Friendship donor.

Six Friendships were in attendance that gray Saturday morning in Half Moon Bay. The group included both new matches of only a few months as well as alumni that had met for over five years. We mingled and snacked as people joined and the anticipation built up, and then set out for a fantastic one-hour ride on the Coastal Equestrian Trail which took us along the beautiful local landscape.

For many riders, this was just the first time in a very long time they had been able to get up close and personal with a horse. There were a few people, however, that were riding the trails on a faithful steed for the first time. But everyone, from true beginners to those familiar with riding, were thrilled to participate in such a unique Friends for Youth event.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fun with Yoga!

Recently Friendships spent some time discovering the fun, healthy, and empowering practice of yoga. This lovely Saturday afternoon group activity started with our yoga instructor providing Friendships with a brief introduction to yoga philosophy and a demonstration of some yoga poses, which Friendships then got to experiment with.

After a few yoga poses and some laughs, Friendships got to put on their artist hats to create their own self-empowerment vision boards, which they got to take home. Our thanks to Michelle and Be The Change Yoga & Wellness in San Jose for providing this activity.