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.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Are you an online shopper? Make the Amazon Smile connection and support Friends for Youth!


Since Amazon earned more in sales last year than its next 10 biggest competitors combined, it seems like a good time to mention, that at no cost to you, you can make sure .5% of your Amazon sales support Friends for Youth by participating in Amazon Smile, thanks to the AmazonSmile Foundation!

Just visit  smile.amazon.com and enter Friends for Youth as your featured charity and make sure to start your Amazon shopping at the same smile.amazon.com website.

Need more details? Please check out: smile.amazon.com/about.

With your help, Friends for Youth can continue its mission to provide quality mentoring relationships for youth who need them most. And thank you supporters for bringing this new opportunity to our attention!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SV Gives: Day of Giving, Day of Impact


Silicon Valley Gives, our region's first ever Day of Giving took place on May 6, 2014, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, Friends for Youth raised $7,020, which will make a direct impact to our mentoring programming.

In total, Friends for Youth received 39 gifts, most of which will support our mentoring general fund. Funds were also received for our Health & Wellness Support Project, Education & Academic Support Project, Mentoring Matters: Annual Ice Skating Holiday Event for Friendships, and 35th Anniversary Campaign.

"Our community has been well served by SV Gives. Friends for Youth is very appreciative of this opportunity to mobilize our donors and maximize our collective impact. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated," said Friends for Youth Executive Director Becky Cooper.

Friends for Youth would like to thank the event host, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, lead sponsor Microsoft, and the many philanthropic partners, including the Sobrato Family Foundation, who made SV Gives possible.

Thanks to these philanthropic partners and our very generous donors May 6, 2014, was to date the most impactful 24-hour fundraising and crowdfunding campaign in which Friends for Youth has participated. In addition, we patiently await the results of match funding from SV Gives.

What a day!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spotlight Friendship: Ryan and Anthony

Ryan and Anthony were matched up in February 2013 and they didn’t waste a minute getting down to fun! Beside mini-golfing and a regular visit to the pool for some swimming, they attended a number of Friends for Youth activities like our Annual Summer BBQ, Jump Sky High, and our Annual Holiday Party. They even volunteered at our Annual Golf Fundraising event! These dudes had a great year and they plan to continue the fun!