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YOUTH GUIDANCE WELCOMES TRUDIE RAINONE AND CAROLYN BUTLER NORTON, ESQ., TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Summary: Youth Guidance is thrilled to announce that two new members, Trudie Rainone and Carolyn Butler Norton, Esq., have joined its Board of Directors. Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one and group mentoring programs to children ages 5-18 from low-income families in Indian River. Trudie Rainone, a loving mother and grandmother, is a passionate advocate for children. She first learned about Youth Guidance as Co-Chair of Quail Valley Charities. Rainone has an undeniable talent raising money for charitable causes that she believes in. As Co-Chair of Quail Valley Charities, she helped the organization raise more than $8 million to benefit dozens of youth-serving nonprofits in Indian River County. Rainone also is a Board member with Alzheimer's Parkinson's Association, Senior Resources Association, and the Senior Collaborative. Carolyn Butler Norton, Esq., has been involved with Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy for more than 5 years. She mentored a young girl, introducing her to fun and positive activities in the community, including tennis and playing violin with the Gifford Youth Orchestra. Butler Norton is a Board-Certified Elder Law Attorney and has practiced law for more than 35 years. Also, a loving mother and grandmother, Butler Norton is passionate about youth and seniors. She is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Area Agency on Aging, Indian River Community Service Alliance, and Alzheimer’s & Parkinson Association. more…

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS YOUTH GUIDANCE FAMILIES FOR THANKSGIVING

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is grateful to members of our community who demonstrated their kindness and compassion for the Thanksgiving holiday. Alex “Buzz” MacWilliam and the team at Alex MacWilliam Real Estate donated 12 Thanksgiving turkeys and three hams for Youth Guidance children and their families. Youth Guidance Board Member, Trudie Rainone, also shared the spirit of Thanksgiving by donating 20 Publix gift cards so that families could purchase the food they need for the holiday. “Our children and families were overjoyed to receive the turkeys and gift cards,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Executive Director. “Thanks to our local supporters, our families will have plenty of food on the table this Thanksgiving.” more…

THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF THE TREASURE COAST PRESENTS CHECK TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Summary: The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast recently donated $1,500 to Youth Guidance to support its mentoring programs. Youth Guidance is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., providing tutoring, life skills, S.T.E.A.M. and vocational programs for children ages 5-18 from low-income families. “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast for their generous donation and continued support of Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director. “The grant will support our Learning Center and mentoring programs at Youth Guidance.” Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. The organization serves approximately 250 children annually. more…

MARDY FISH CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION DONATES TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Summary: Recently, Nathan Suranofsky, Mardy Fish Foundation’s Program Director presented a $6,768 check to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy for the health, fitness, and nutrition component of its programs. “Mardy Fish has been providing assistance to various youth organizations, including Youth Guidance for many years,” said Nathan Suranofsky. “Our mission is to provide children, particularly underserved minorities, with the opportunity to participate in safe and impactful fitness, nutritional, and enrichment programs empowering them to live healthy and productive lives. Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Founded in 1973, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy serves children ages 5-18 from low-income families. Programs are free and children are provided with three meals a day. The grant from the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation will help fund healthy cooking and nutrition classes as well as recreational activities, including pickleball, kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, rugby, boxing, karate, and other physical activities. “We are grateful to the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation for helping our children stay active and healthy,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “At Youth Guidance we believe in a sound mind in a sound body. Regular exercise helps children do better in school and develops character traits that transfer over to other aspects of their life.” more…

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…

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