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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…

THE JAKE OWEN FOUNDATION DONATES TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Summary: On behalf of the Jake Owen Foundation, his brother Jarrod Owen, delivered a check for $15,000 to Youth Guidance. For many years, Country Music star, Jake Owen and his family, Vero Beach residents, have been supporters of Youth Guidance. While at Youth Guidance, Jarrod got to know a few of the kids and learned of the many free programs the organization offers for low-income children. Born and raised in Vero Beach, Jake Owen has not forgotten his hometown. His Foundation has helped various Indian River County youth organizations, including Youth Guidance, for years. “We are so grateful for the continued support from the Jake Owen Foundation,” said said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “We have seen the needs of our children increase dramatically during the pandemic, and this generous donation will help us continue our programs to help children stay safe and learning so they can break the cycle of poverty.” Youth Guidance is open all day, providing a safe place where students receive three meals and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the kids complete virtual school. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., they engage in group mentoring programs, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), life skills, recreational activities, and vocational training. All programs and meals are free for families. The organization serves approximately 250 children every year. more…

INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DONATES TO YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Summary: On behalf of the Indian River County Community Foundation, Jeff Pickering, Chief Executive Officer presented a $30,000 check to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. Jeff also took a tour of the building and learned of the many free programs offered for low-income children at Youth Guidance. “We are so grateful for the generous support from the Indian River Community Foundation,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance. “This will help us continue our programs to help children break the cycle of poverty and become contributing members to the Indian River County community.” Youth Guidance is open all day, providing a safe place where students receive three meals and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the kids complete virtual school. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., they engage in group mentoring programs, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), life skills, recreational activities, and vocational training. All programs and meals are free for families. The organization serves approximately 250 children every year. more…

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…

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