By Hoang Ngo A water bottle, five Reese’s Pieces, a bag of Skittles, a pair of earbuds, a drawstring bag, and a certificate. These are the keepsakes students will take home when they complete Community for Youth’s (CfY) program this year. But the significance of completion is beyond what we can physically give our students. […]

A Lasting Bond

Danielle (right) with her mentor Kirsten When Kirsten and her student Danielle each joined Community for Youth (CfY) in 2011, they both found mingling with other people difficult. Standing next to each other during a community building activity, Danielle confided in Kirsten that she was struggling with the new setting. Her honesty in that moment […]

A Safe Place to Be You

Bree (left) and her mentor Deborah From the beginning, Deborah felt that the relationship between herself and Bree was unique.  With a resilient and open personality, Bree worked to establish an honest and open relationship, a lead Deborah was happy to follow. “Bree was quite open about her feelings and what she was experiencing [and] […]

3, 2, 1 … Launch!

by Mark Takehara It’s time for LAUNCH which means we’ve officially kicked off Community for Youth’s 2016-2017 school year!  And there’s no better place to anchor this year’s community than at Camp Colman where our students and mentors have the opportunity to reunite with old friends and welcome new community members. October 21-23 marked our […]

A Match Again

Laura mentee (left) and Janet mentor (right) by Sarah Larson It was no surprise when Laura and Janet were matched together last week. For the third year, this duo is choosing to build on the foundation they’ve worked so hard to lay. But the continuation of this relationship wasn’t always so certain, especially after Laura’s […]

Two Different People

Mentor Laurent (left) and mentee Alexis (right) are having some silly fun by Sarah Larson Lauren and Alexis were two completely different people. With Lauren an extrovert and Alexis an introvert, these two may never have crossed paths. But three years ago, in January of 2013, Community for Youth matched them together as mentor and […]