A message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Congratulations to all of our students who completed another successful year at their respective High Schools!  A big congratulations goes out to our High School Seniors.  We are proud to announce that ALL 18 OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GRADUATED! This could not be possible without the hard work and dedication of their mentors.

Summer is a very busy time at CfY and I hope all of you will join us to celebrate all of our students successes and achievements at the Summer Picnic on Sunday, July 12th. We will also be announcing our Mentor of the Year.

Summer is also an important time for us to recruit new mentors for next year.  One of our most successful recruitment events are “Lunch and Learns.”  At a “Lunch and Learn,” CfY will come to your office and speak to your co-workers about CfY and how they can get involved. We also have a current mentor and mentee attend to answer any questions about the CfY experience. It’s easy to set up a “Lunch and Learn” at your place of business – you just set up a time and place and we do the rest! If you would like to do a “Lunch and Learn,” please contact me directly.

Thank you for another successful school year at CfY!

Mark Takehara
Executive Director

How Community for Youth Changed My Life

In the year 2004 I started to attend Cleveland High school and enjoyed my surroundings. My older sister participated with Community for Youth. I was always in some sort of program or extracurricular activity and thought CfY would be a great program to be a part of. I was matched with my mentor Lara who has helped me with whatever I needed in school. We planned many fun, learning, and volunteer community work throughout Seattle.

One of my favorite things my mentor and I have done was rock climbing and volunteering for parks, food banks, and retirement homes. I enjoyed this most because I felt I was giving back to the community and gave me and Lara the opportunity to get to know each other on different levels. Community for Youth opened my eyes to new things and made me want to be a helpful part of the community.

I didn’t really think about college before coming to high school but once I was matched with Lara there were so many questions for myself as far as what I wanted to do after high school. We took road trips to universities just to see if they fit me personally and was encouraged by Lara to take opportunities that were among Cleveland HS.

I was a part of the TRIO program, touring universities in Washington State, this helped me figure out what kind of atmosphere I wanted to be in and gave me knowledge on what universities were like. Having a mentor has helped me focus on a bright future and has been one of the most effective things in my life today.

I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Interdisciplinary Studies with the disciplines of: Anthropology, Africana education, and Social Work. Community for Youth has been an outlet for many of the things I am today. Lara has helped me in so many ways and opened my eyes to new things and perspectives; this program was amazing and I’m grateful to have met such an amazing mentor/friend.

Thanks Lara, You Rock!!

– Patricia W.