Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“We want to encourage college for our children, but we also want them to know there are other options to a meaningful career,” Barnes said. “There is local and national demand within the trade



sector and our goal is to introduce our students to these opportunities.”


In October 2021, Youth Guidance will launch an eight-month pre-apprenticeship program that will provide young adults ages 16-24 with six professional certifications and experience within five different trades: Welding, plumbing, electric, carpentry, and HVAC.


Other programs include afterschool tutoring, cooking, bicycle repair, boat mechanics, sewing, money management, sports & recreation, summer camp, and more.


This year’s Tropical Night Luau sponsors included:

 Aloha Sponsor ($10,000): Trudie Rainone

Pineapple Sponsors ($5,000): George & Elke Fetterolf, John & Genevieve Reitano, The Exchange Club of Sebastian 

Mai Tai Sponsors ($2,500): Shirley Becker, Jim & Laurie Carney, Perfect Stix, LLC, PNC Bank, The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast, and The Exchange Club of Vero Beach 

Coconut Sponsors ($1,000): Denoe Ashby, Carolyn Butler Norton, Esq., Cravings, Cypress Bank & Trust, George E. Warren, Marine Bank & Trust, Ginny Powers, Robin Lloyd & Associates, P.A., Christine & David Smith 

Hula Dance Sponsors ($500): Mark & Patricia Ashdown, Cargo Systems, Inc., Cornerstone Private Advisors, Paul Genke & Lila Blakeslee, Barbara Hauptfuhrer, The Hill Group, Justice & Stamas CPA’s, Kmetz, Elwell, Graham & Associates, PLLC, Law Office of Brian Connelly, Law Office of Marie S. Conforti, Wanda Lincoln, R.J. MacMillan, Kathie & Michael Pierce, Sea Crest Construction, Angela Speck, and Vero Marine Center.

Youth Guidance provides mentoring services to children ages 5-24 with limited resources in Indian River County. With the help of our sponsors and direction from our trained staff, mentors and volunteers, these children experience a path toward a brighter future.

For more information, on Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy programs, visit www.youthguidanceprogram.org.

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