The school year has come to an end, and for students across our community, one chapter is coming to a close, while a new one is just beginning. Last week, students at Community for Youth closed the 2021-2022 CfY program year with a fun and memorable annual completion ceremony!

Before the completion ceremony, all participants were invited to write letters to one another, and to finish off the year on a high note, students and mentors gathered in a large circle to watch mentoring pairs spotlight each other with kind and encouraging words. Program participants candidly shared how much they had learned from one another, with students expressing how much they admired the accomplishments of their mentors, and mentors expressing how much they admired the strength and character of their mentees.

While members of mentoring pairs shined wonderful spotlights on their mentoring partners, many also took the opportunity to spotlight participants outside of their pairs, recognizing members of their family groups and even close friends over the course of the ceremony. CfY staff even got in on the fun, recognizing mentees for their growth throughout their time in the program.

Participants ended the ceremony by snapping fun pictures at a makeshift photo booth, which were immediately printed on CfY’s very own mini photo printer! Scroll down to take a look at more of the fun photos we captured during the ceremony.

Overall, last week’s ceremony was a true testament to the impactful relationships built at CfY, both within mentoring pairs and beyond! Our students and mentors brought their most authentic, compassionate selves, and the words they shared were moving and inspiring for everyone present. We would like to sincerely thank all of our program participants for showing up in this very same way all year long. Over the past year, our students and mentors were consistent, flexible, open, honest, and gracious, and we thank them for spending time with us here at CfY, and for allowing us the opportunity to teach as well as learn! 

Congratulations to all of our participants for completing the program year, and to all of our seniors who are graduating and moving on to bigger things! We are so proud of all of you, and if you are returning next year, we look forward to seeing you again. 

Stay tuned for more CfY news and opportunities as we tackle summer activities and move toward a new program year! Subscribe to our newsletter, and remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop! CfY is also now recruiting mentors for the 2022-2023 program year! Click here to read more about what it takes to be a CfY mentor, and to apply!

Want to support the work happening here at CfY? Donate through our official donation portal. Whether you give $10 or $100, every dollar counts, and goes toward building and sustaining our transformative mentoring programs! We are also now recruiting board members to join our Board of Directors. Reach out to our Executive Director, Wendy Armour, at exec@communityforyouth.org for more information!

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