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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.
While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back
If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.
Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.
While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off.