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YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY OPENS ALL-DAY LEARNING CENTER

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Summary: On September 22nd, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy opened an all-day Learning Center where children receive three meals a day, participate in group mentoring programs, and have access to a safe, positive place where they can complete their online schoolwork. Learning Centers are opening across the country to meet a similar need, but this is the first program of its kind in Indian River County. The Youth Guidance facility located across from City Hall is now open for children (ages 5-18) Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is provided by the Indian River County School District. Dinner is provided through a partnership with The Source. “In the beginning of the school year, we kept in close contact with our families and discovered that our kids were struggling to learn virtually from home due to poor Internet access and a lack of consistent adult supervision,” said Executive Director Phil Barnes. “Our Board of Directors stepped up and provided the seed money for us to open our doors for kids all day to make sure they stay on track academically.” From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., students complete virtual school under supervision of experienced Youth Guidance staff and tutors from Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the evening, the kids participate in group mentoring programs, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), life skills, recreational activities, and vocational training. more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY TO HOST BIKE SALE

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is having a Bike Sale on Saturday, October 31 (Halloween) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Affordable, used and repaired bikes will be sold. By completing the online safety course at BikeWalkIRC.org, customers can get a 10% discount on their purchases. Bikes will be sold on the western side of the building, across from the Vero Beach City Offices. Proceeds will go to Youth Guidance and Bike Walk Indian River County (BWIRC). On June 1st, Youth Guidance started a student Bike Repair course in partnership with Bike Walk Indian River County. Students selected a discarded or donated bike to repair and keep for themselves. Under the guidance of instructors from Bike Walk, they learned how to fix a chain, change tires, work on brakes and much more. The graduates of the first Bike Repair course are now enrolled in Youth Guidance’s Bike Mechanics program, which involves transforming old bikes into well-oiled machines to sell. Students in the Bike Mechanics course must undergo a formal job interview process and will receive compensation for their work. Some of the bikes for sale have been repaired by our students in conjunction with experienced instructors. The Bike Repair and Bike Mechanics programs are made possible through the collaborative efforts of Bike Walk Indian River County (BWIRC) and Orchid Island Bikes and Kayaks. more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE BUILDS GARDEN WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy and Keep Indian River Beautiful (KIRB) recently built a community garden at the Youth Guidance facility. This project was made possible through a collaboration of community partners. KIRB, Lowe’s, and Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach donated supplies. Volunteers from KIRB, Sunrise Rotary and the Junior League of Indian River assembled garden beds, laid down soil, and put down pavers, in preparation for planting in the fall. Youth Guidance students spent the day helping and learning. “This project helped Youth Guidance start a gardening and agriculture program, where kids learn to grow healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Daisy Packer Morris, Executive Director of KIRB. “We are thrilled to partner with Youth Guidance and help prepare children for a future of sustainability thanks to the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant.” The community garden will give students the opportunity to experience nature firsthand and learn the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets. Youth Guidance plans to use produce from the garden in its cooking lessons, and older students will have the chance to sell their crops at local farmer’s markets. more…

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…

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