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44TH ANNUAL YOUTH GUIDANCE LUAU RAISES FUNDS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Summary: Vero Beach, FL (October 13, 2021) … Aloha! Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy held its 44th Annual Tropical Night Luau Friday night, October 8th, at the Boulevard Village and Tennis Club in Vero Beach. Known by many as “Vero Beach’s Best Party of the Year,” this event did not disappoint. Guests were adorned with Hawaiian leis as they arrived, and many were dressed in tropical attire. The Luau included an open bar, tropical buffet, dancing, meet-and-greet with the Youth Guidance kids, and an exciting live auction with spectacular prizes. “The Luau is our biggest fundraiser – it was a fun-filled evening, and it was great to see our guests dancing and enjoying themselves,” said Executive Director, Phil Barnes. Each year, proceeds from the Luau support one-on-one and group mentoring programs at Youth Guidance for children with limited resources in Indian River County. The organization serves approximately 200 children and young adults ages 5-24 each year. Thanks to our generous donors, all programs are made available free of charge, and the children receive a healthy dinner every night. Barnes expressed to the crowd Youth Guidance’s strategic focus is to provide local children access to life skills and vocational training. more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE WELCOMES RICHARD BRADLEY TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Summary: Youth Guidance is pleased to announce that Richard Bradley, CPA has joined its Board of Directors. Bradley has been in private practice for over 30 years and has served on numerous boards. 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 County. “A wonderful advocate, Richard has been a donor for the past three years after learning of Youth Guidance through our King of the Hill Tennis Tournament fundraiser, said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “He brings with him experience and knowledge that will assist us as we continue to grow as an organization.” Bradley has joined the organization’s innovative and dedicated Board of Directors. The Board provides guidance on carrying out Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy’s mission of enriching the lives of Indian River County youth though mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. more…

KIWANIS YOUTH IN ACTION PAINTS EXTERIOR OF THE YOUTH GUIDANCE BUILDING

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Summary: On Saturday, April 24th, Kiwanis Youth in Action gave Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy building a fresh coat of paint. Kiwanis Youth in Action Past President, Richard Schlitt, of Schlitt Brothers Painting, and 100 volunteers joined forces with Youth Guidance staff, board members, and kids to paint the exterior of the 8,600 square-foot facility in just four hours. Volunteers from Kiwanis Youth in Action included 70 teenage Key Club members and 30 adults from Vero Kiwanis. The building, located directly across from City Hall, was once the old library in Vero Beach and was dedicated in 1962. Youth Guidance now utilizes the facility to provide one-on-one and group mentoring programs for local children ages 5-18, helping them learn skills needed to break the cycle of poverty. Tones of light blue, dark blue, and beige were chosen to make the building brighter and more inviting while keeping with a mid-century modern color scheme. “Kiwanis Youth in Action is one of our valued community partners. We could not do what we do without them,” said Youth Guidance Executive Director Phil Barnes. “It was incredible to see so many kids out here giving back to their community by helping us paint our building. The kids were stopping to take pictures of their work – you could tell they were really proud of it. more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE PARTNERS WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Summary: Youth Guidance (YG) has joined forces with the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) to offer an amazing educational and fun experience for Youth Guidance children this semester. ELC is providing a series of eight, hands-on lessons for children ages 5-9 and ages 10-11. The program is taking place twice a week and is being facilitated by ELC educators alongside Youth Guidance staff and volunteers. The program includes a total of sixteen, two-hour sessions on the 64-acre ELC campus. The children are learning about birds, insects, pollinators, fish, animal ID and tracking, the lagoon, its watershed, water quality, being a scientist, and more. “This program and partnership with the Environmental Learning Center will teach our children to be active and educated stewards of the environment,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “We believe this is an important concept for our kids to learn, particularly in our community where so much depends on taking care of our local ecosystem. “ “We are thrilled that the Youth Guidance children are here at the ELC experiencing our hands-on, feet wet adventures!” added Barbara Schlitt Ford, ELC Executive Director. “This is an awesome partnership between two great organizations collaborating for the benefit of our youth and shared environment.” The ELC is underwriting 50% of the cost to deliver this program. But Youth Guidance needs to raise the other 50% ($1600). To donate go to www.youthguidanceprogram.org and click on the donate button more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE PARTNERS WITH THE YOUNG JOURNALISTS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Summary: Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is pleased to announce that they have joined forces with the Young Journalists of Indian River County to teach children the “tools” of Journalism. Youth Guidance children will be learning proper sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary and more! Mentors will work with children to instill a lifelong love of writing! The Young Journalist Program also teaches students other forms of journalism: email, online research, copying and pasting in Word, citing sources, downloading publishable images, creating a news broadcast, paraphrasing, punctuation, and most importantly, conceptualizing how research will become a published article. “It is partnerships like this one that are very important to Youth Guidance,” said Phil Barnes. “It provides us the opportunity to work with area organizations and expand the programs that we can offer to our children.” more…

YOUTH IN ACTION PREPARES THE EXTERIOR OF THE YOUTH GUIDANCE BUILDING FOR A FACELIFT

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Summary: Recently Youth in Action Indian River County sealed and prepared the Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy building for painting. They also did a great job improving the landscaping around the 59-year-old building. Youth in Action provides teens 8th grade and older and adults the opportunity to take a day to serve the local communities. President of Youth in Action, Richard Schlitt, of Schlitt Brothers Painting, began by pressure washing the Youth Guidance building! The following day, he and a large group of Youth in Action volunteers sealed the building and prepared it for painting on Saturday, April 24, 2021. “Richard’s father painted the building many years ago when it was the brand-new Vero Beach Library,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “Now, Richard and the Youth in Action group are beautifying it once again for Youth Guidance!” more…

HEAD, HEART AND HANDS OF INDIAN RIVER CLUB PRESENTS GRANT TO YOUTH GUIDANCE

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Summary: Members of the Head, Heart and Hands (HHH) of Indian River Club recently awarded Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy a grant for $11,000. These funds will enable Youth Guidance to help low-income children develop life skills, trade skills and self-confidence to lead successful adult lives. The grant funds will be directed toward students who reside in South County, including Oslo and the Highlands. “We have met with the owners of local businesses and there remains a huge demand for qualified workers within the trades. These are lucrative careers that do not require a college education,” said Phil Barnes Executive Director. “Our vocational program is designed to help students build job skills so that they may break the cycle of poverty and secure meaningful careers after graduating from high school.” The HHH grant will help implement programs at Youth Guidance such as: Boat Mechanics, Gardening/Agriculture, Bicycle Repair, Job Coaching, and Resume Writing. These activities will be offered in conjunction with partners in the community. more…

YOUTH GUIDANCE STUDENT, PAUL MORRIS WINS THE GIGI CASAPU SCHOLARSHIP

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Summary: It is with great pride that we announce that Paul Morris was awarded the Gigi Casapu Scholarship. Morris was presented with this honor at the recent finals for the King of Hill 2021 Youth Guidance Tennis Tournament at The Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach. Each year during the King of the Hill Tennis Tournament, Gigi Casapu awards a Youth Guidance student with a scholarship. Gigi has been the Organizer and Tournament Director of the King of the Hill for the past 26 years and is a dedicated supporter of Youth Guidance. Morris is an honor student at Vero Beach High School with a 4.0 weighted grade point average. He is dual enrolled at Indian River State College. Besides being an excellent student, Morris is deeply passionate about serving his community. As an Eagle Scout, Paul led the kayak rack reconstruction at the Vero Beach City Marina. He also volunteered at the food bank, The Arc of Indian River County, and the Environmental Learning Center. Morris is an active cyclist and is passionate about bike safety. He has been advocating for a pedestrian signal to allow citizens of Indian River County to cross safely on their way to school or work. He also runs on the varsity cross country team at Vero Beach High School. At Youth Guidance, Morris was one of the first students to graduate from the Bicycle Repair program in partnership with Bike Walk Indian River County. The volunteers at Bike Walk taught him an incredible amount about bike maintenance and safety. Morris is now passing this knowledge on to other students in the Bike Repair program at Youth Guidance. Morris hopes to attend college to become a physical therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He became a physical therapy patient for the first-time last summer when he suffered an injury. This was a life-changing experience. Paul was fascinated by the techniques and science behind physical therapy. The recovery process allowed him to continue participating in the activities he loves, including cycling and cross country. more…

RAZVAN ILIE CROWNED THE 2021 KING OF THE HILL FOR THE YOUTH GUIDANCE TENNIS TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Summary: Vero Beach, FL (February 24, 2021) … After weeks of local pros vying to be named King of the Hill, Razvan Ilie became the 2021 King of the Hill Open Division, and the 26th winner of the event which began in 1996. The final match, the Open Division exhibition, was played at The Boulevard in Vero Beach. “It was one of the best, most exciting events we have had in years,” said Gigi Casapu, Tournament Organizer and Director. “Each set was very close, and the last two sets were decided by a tiebreak. At the end of three close rounds, Razvan Ilie and James Van Deinse finished with the same number of points, and the winner was decided in an extended play-off. Winning two out of three 9 points tiebreakers, Razvan Ilie won the title of King of the Hill.” The King of the Hill Tennis Tournament is one of Youth Guidance's biggest fundraisers. This year's King of the Hill Tennis Tournament was played at The Boulevard in a short format, due to the pandemic. Only sponsors and their guests attended this year, due to social distancing guidelines. The matches were very exciting and highly competitive. Mikael Pernfors from the Boulevard won the 40's Division. Henner Lenhardt from Sea Oaks won the 50's Division for the sixth time. Razvan Ilie won the Open Division Finals and was crowned King of the Hill. “Each year, our King of The Hill Tennis Tournament raises funds for Youth Guidance mentoring programs and activities for children from low-income families in Indian River County,” said Executive Director, Phil Barnes. “We serve approximately 250 children, who without the support of this fundraiser would not have access to the free resources that our agency provides.” more…

Youth Guidance Partners With the Environmental Learning Center

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