Thank you for making our 12th Annual Auction Gala a success!

Community for Youth held its 12th Annual Auction Gala on Saturday, January 24th at the Hyatt at Olive 8.  The festive evening of live and silent auctions, a sumptuous dinner and an exciting dessert dash is the primary fundraiser for CfY’s programs, which last year served over 100 students and volunteers.  The evening’s guest of honor, Greg Hay, a longtime volunteer mentor and board member, was introduced by his former student Binni Berhe. Greg received the Sue Kresovich Relentless Commitment award.

Auctioneer John Curley led the live auction of more than 30 lots of rare and fine wines, unique vacations, exclusive dinners and once in a lifetime experiences.  In addition to the live auction, the silent auction had a variety of wine, travel, dining, sporting events and merchandise.  The evening’s festivities began with the Super Bowl Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline.

Thank you to the nearly 300 attendees that helped us raise over $220,000.  All money raised by the Auction Gala is dedicated to supporting CfY’s mission of transforming challenged high school students into confident, determined, and self-aware young adults.

A welcome from CfY’s new Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to be a part of the Community for Youth family — 2015 is off to a great start at CfY! We are proud of our accomplishments in 2014!  Last year was filled with reflection, progress, improvement and innovation, all of which we’ll continue this year along with more planning, implementation, and action.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Auction Gala.  I am pleased to announce the event raised over $220,000!  A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who helped make this event successful.  Let’s keep this positive momentum going!  There are many ways in which YOU can help us; VOLUNTEER to be a mentor, TELL a friend, co-worker or family member about the life-changing impact Community for Youth makes on a student’s life, and finally DONATE.

As we look forward to 2015, we are eager and enthusiastic about all that lies ahead.  The need for quality youth mentoring programs is ever present.  We will continue our mission to serve more students in more communities with the investment and dedication of individuals like you supporting our efforts. With your generous contributions, we are making great strides towards inspiring our youth to have high expectations and dreams, and access to the best programs and opportunities to succeed at home, school, and in life.  Thank you so much for your interest and investment in Community for Youth!
Mark Takehara
Executive Director
mark@communityforyouth.org

Seattle’s biggest day of charitable giving is HERE!

Today you have the opportunity to make your charitable donation to Community for Youth go farther if you give during the Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG event. Credit card donations during this 24-hour period will be matched by a large stretch fund, making this event the biggest day of community giving this year!

Your gift helps support Community for Youth’s mission of inspiring the social, emotional, and academic development of at-risk high school students through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community. Last year, 100% of Community for Youth high school seniors graduated!

Your gift is completely tax exempt and will create a lasting impact on our students. Thank you in advance for your support!

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.