Help the Embarcadero YMCA by Donating to the Strong Communities Campaign
|December 21, 2009||Posted by jamie under Non-Profits||
From our friend Grace Reddy at the Embarcadero YMCA …
Do you know:
• What is the high school closest to Rincon Hill residents?
• What international nonprofit has resided on the SOMA waterfront for more than 100 years?
• What nonprofit was recently named in two separate surveys as having the most valuable brand in the country?
Each year, the YMCA’s annual Strong Communities Campaign raises funds for truly local community programs. Youth Chance High School, a program of the Embarcadero YMCA for the last 30 years, is one of those programs.
When Veevi Deng’s boyfriend was killed in a drive-by shooting, the native San Franciscio Excelsior teen became depressed, fell behind in her studies at Galileo High School and dropped out for two years. Eventually, a friend brought her to a YMCA supportive services program called CARE and her case manager there told her about Youth Chance High School where she is now in her second year. For 31 years, Youth Chance has helped San Francisco teens who have dropped out or been kicked out of high school move on to their adult lives with dignity, community, skills and credentials. Courses include: workplace technology, life skills, rooftop gardening, portfolio presentation, YMCA achievers, mindful meditation, online academics with NovaNET, newsletter and Youth & Government. They also meet mentors and prepare a portfolio of work for college entry and future employers. Veevi plans to graduate with AP courses this spring and would like to become a veterinarian.
I’ve gotten over a lot and I actually like going to school here. I do the work and the teachers help me whenever I need help. I keep telling myself that I might get into UC San Diego and that keeps me trying.
In the fall, community members, program participants, and volunteers tell the story of the YMCA to the community. We rely on volunteers rather than advertising dollars to raise funds and awareness about our local community programs helping those with the greatest need. Something must be working. According to a recent national survey, the YMCA has the strongest nonprofit brand in the country. Check it out in a recent New York Times story http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/us/24charity.html.
Join us in the annual Strong Communities Campaign. We will train you as you build community, meet other like-minded people and learn more about local programs serving the SOMA community. We’re currently seeking volunteers and we’re committed to raising $200,000 to fund our critical community programs. This year, more than ever with current challenges in the economy, the campaign is important.. For more information contact: Grace Reddy 415/615-1318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.