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Verity Credit Union
Verity Credit Union an EYFO partner since 2019, featured Empowering Youth and Families Outreach in their Community Spotlight in honor of Black History Month. Verity Credit Union provides financial education classes for our students. EYFO values our partnership with Verity Credit Union.
EYFO 2020 Scholarship
EYFO Virtual 2020 Summer Leadership Academy
EYFO Music Teacher Sylvia Jones, and her students wrote this song titled, “We’ll Get Through,” based on their experiences concerning COVID-19 and the civil injustices. This class was part of EYFO's Virtual Summer Leadership Academy. Sylvia Jones expressed the lyrics were taken directly from a conversation she had with her students. When writing the song, they were involved in every aspect of brainstorming.
In their brainstorming discussion, she indicated that the student’s expressed their frustrations and questions. One student expressed, they have to keep telling themselves, “it’s not that bad,” (chorus 1) to keep from getting overwhelmed.
The story behind the artwork: Sylvia had a vision in her head, but she isn't a painter or artist, so she explained it to one of our up and coming artists, Jahnia, who knew what to do! The concept is: there may be darkness all around, the darkroom, but there is hope, represented by the candlelight.
EYFO College and Career Planning Program
January 2020, EYFO flew 15 youth to Southern California to tour of several colleges. In 2019 EYFO took several youth on a tour of East Coast colleges.
EYFO College and Career Planning Program takes youth to college and career fairs to visit colleges and universities, and coordinates group-in and out-of-state college tours.
EYFO College and Career Planning Program nicknamed “Cop Every Opp”, partners with high school youth, walking them through the process of pursuing the career path of their choosing by:
· Providing postsecondary planning, advising and support.
· Walking each youth through the college admissions process.
· Providing funding help with college application and testing fees.
· Providing help in crafting and editing college and scholarship essays.
· Emphasizing opportunities that can assist them in achieving their goals.
· Helping them to search and applying for college and scholarship opportunities.
Over the years EYFO has traveled with 40 youth to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC on college and university tours.
Delta Dental recognized the founder, Charlett Shoecraft with Smile Maker award through their Smile Power program which celebrates the power of smiles by nominating someone in the community who gives back and helps others smile.
Delta Dental surprises Smile Makers in fun and unexpected ways, thanking them for making their community a better place.
After School Programming is in Full Effect!
Shout out to our tutors from Seattle Pacific University who come support our youth with tutoring and one on one support twice a week. To enroll your child in our Seattle-based after school program, click here.
Memorial Day is an incredibly special time in America’s history. This weekend, do more than barbecue. Take time to truly commemorate the meaning of the holiday and celebrate the servicemen and women who have given everything to this country.
Summer is the perfect time to show your kids that giving back can be fun. Choose an organization that has a shared interest among your family and ask about volunteer opportunities.
All work and no giving back makes for a dull workplace! Talk to your employer about already existing programs such as matching gifts or time off to volunteer.
Use the power you have to make the world a brighter, better place, and you’re sure to also experience some of that kindness. Together, we have the power to change the world!
In order to preserve our beautiful planet, it’s going to take work from everybody. Encourage your family and friends to join you so that we can preserve the place we call home!