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BUY A BIKE AND SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE! BIKE SALE TO BE HELD AT YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy will host a bike sale on Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and will happen at the Youth Guidance facility, located across from Vero Beach City Hall at 1028 20th Street. Used adult and children’s bikes will be sold at an affordable cost. Customers will receive 10% off their purchases by completing the online safety course at BikeWalkIRC.org. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Youth Guidance and Bike Walk Indian River County (BWIRC). This summer, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy added bike mechanics to its growing number of vocational programs. The program was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Bike Walk Indian River County (BWIRC) and Orchid Island Bikes and Kayaks (OIBK). more…

PADDLES BY THE SEA INTRODUCES YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY CHILDREN TO BOATING AND WATER SPORTS

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020
Summary: This summer, children attending Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy experienced surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and boating for the first time ever, thanks to a partnership with Paddles By The Sea. Paddles By The Sea owner Chris Woodruff and his team took the kids under their wing and shared their love for the water, while providing them with a summer they will never forget. Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy teenagers hit the beach at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa and were taught how to surf, with every one of them being able to stand up on the board by the end of the session. While some were getting surf lessons, others took to the seas with stand-up paddleboards and ocean kayaks and paddled around in the waves. After the activities, the kids relaxed in a shaded cabana on the beach. A group of younger children went for an exciting boat ride on the Indian River Lagoon, where they spotted a pod of dolphins and learned about the local ecosystem. “Chris and his team made some incredible memories for our kids this summer,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy Executive Director. “Community partnerships like these broaden our students’ horizons and introduce them to new experiences and interests. We can’t thank Paddles By The Sea enough for their time, expertise, and impact on our kids.” more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE ACHIEVES PLATINUM GUIDESTAR STATUS

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy recently received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Platinum is the newest and highest level of recognition. It is only obtained by sharing metrics and indicators of success. “Youth Guidance depends entirely on the financial support of the Indian River community, a combination of funding from private donors, foundations, and grants,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Executive Director. “As we continue growing as an organization, we are pleased to have obtained the Platinum Seal, which shows our commitment to transparency and results.” more…

SUMMER CAMP AT YOUTH GUIDANCE INCLUDES A NEW BIKE MECHANIC TRAINING PROGRAM

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Summary: Vero Beach, FL (June 5, 2020) …Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy has added a bike mechanic training program to its curriculum. The program has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of Bike Walk Indian River County (BWIRC) and Orchid Island Bikes and Kayaks (OIBK). The addition of this program is part of Youth Guidance’s efforts to introduce kids to vocational skills and the trades. more…

JAKE OWEN, COUNTRY MUSIC STAR AND VERO BEACH NATIVE, DONATES TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Summary: On behalf of the Jake Owen Foundation, his father Steve Owen and brother, Jarrod Owen recently delivered a check for $20,000 to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. For many years, the country star has been a great supporter of Youth Guidance. Born and raised in Vero Beach, Owen still has family living in the Indian River County. He returns every year to hold a concert here to benefit his foundation. more…

JOHN’S ISLAND FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
Summary: Vero Beach, FL (May 4, 2020) …Recently, members of the John’s Island Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. The Foundation awarded a total of $853,563 in grant monies to twenty-six local agencies. “We are delighted to be a recipient of this grant,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Executive Director. “It will enable us to repair our building’s old air conditioning system. This will ensure that our kids are cool in the summer and can continue learning and benefitting from our one-on-one and group mentoring programs.” more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY DELIVERS CARE PACKAGES TO ITS CHILDREN DURING THE PANDEMIC

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Vero Beach, FL (May 1, 2020) … On Friday, May 1, children attending Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy got a special surprise when they received care packages full of goodies delivered right to their doorstep. Youth Guidance staff members hand-delivered care packages to 50 low-income children in need. The packages included puzzles, games, toothbrushes, hygiene products, snacks and more. more…

Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Check Presentation to YG

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Category: Announcements
Summary: Helping to make a difference in children's lives in Indian River County, The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation presented a check this morning to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy for the health, fitness and nutrition component of our programs. more…

Sebastian Exchange Club presented a check to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Mike Natale, President of the Sebastian Exchange Club presented a check to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. more…

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