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

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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!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Scoring Baskets and Fun

This week a group of Friends for Youth mentors and mentees attended an exciting sports game, cheering the Golden State Warriors to victory over the Houston Rockets in a close 102-99 game. After gathering tickets and snacks, everyone met at our seats just in time for tip-off. Even though we were up high in the crowd, we experienced just as much excitement as if we sat in the front row. Friendships screamed and cheered while the basketball stars scored each impacting shot. For those mentees who were not familiar with every aspect of the game, mentors were able to share some basketball knowledge and teach them about rules, plays, or players. Most importantly, Friendships were able to positively interact and learn new things while having some fun. Friends for Youth can’t wait for the next game to show our spirit and have fun. Special thanks to the Warriors for the donated tickets!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nutrition Workshop a good time for all

Nutrition is very important, but it is sometimes hard to know what is good for you and what is not. Recently Friends for Youth held a Nutrition Life Skills Workshop, which was expertly presented by Elaine Silver, a nutritionist from the UC Davis Nutrition Program. Elaine did a fantastic job at capturing everyone’s attention as she educated us about some of the “not so healthy foods” we should limit and explained what is "healthy" when it comes to eating things with sugar, salt, and fat. In addition, all the mentors and mentees who attended this Life Skills Workshop went home with a cookbook full of fun, easy, and healthy recipes they can later cook with their families. The night ended with everyone playing with their food by getting creative and making yummy banana caterpillars! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weaving Up an Intergenerational Good Time!

Friends for Youth recently made a trip to visit the senior citizens at Lytton Gardens. Our group of mentors and mentees had a great time interacting with the wonderful Lytton Gardens’ residents, and everyone got busy on a basket making project. Even though only one basket was totally finished, everyone had a great time learning, teaching, and sharing basket-making skills. Most importantly, it was clear that the residents enjoyed sharing their stories with our Friendships. Some Friendships plan to continue to work on their baskets at home and once done return to Lytton Gardens to share the end products. The Lytton Gardens residents, Friendships, and staff all agreed it was a fun and rewarding community service activity.