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EYFO 2020 Scholarship

Movie Night

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.

Community Acknowledgments

Delta Dental

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

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Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.