Youth Guidance News

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is awarded grant from Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program


On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program representatives Jack Wittpenn and Grant Withers presented Executive Director of Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, Felix Cruz with a check for $15,000.00. Mr. Cruz stated, “Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program has been a longtime supporter of the services for our children and families here at Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. We are very fortunate and thankful to have the support of GHCOP and would like to thank the Board of Directors and all of Grand Harbor community members that make this grant possible.”

Dales Jacobs, Vice president of Philanthropy at Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program commented, “We are very pleased to support Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. GHCOP is committed to helping disadvantaged youth obtain a stable and productive life, and we believe in the mentoring programs at Youth Guidance.”

Grand Harbor Community Outreach is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of groups and individuals in Indian River County. With no employees and with the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors to cover our operating expenses, our member donors are assured that 100% of their contributions will fund approved grants to non-profit agencies providing services to needy residents of Indian River County. The Philanthropy Committee Carefully reviews over 35 local non-profit agencies to ensure they are operating efficiently and providing effective, impactful programs.

Since its founding in 2001, Grand Harbor Community Outreach has raised and distributed nearly $4.0 million into the local community to help in the areas of education, health, jobs and human services.

This collective endeavor which involves 400 donors, more than 100 volunteers and 20 corporate sponsors is transforming lives, strengthening families and rebuilding communities. The focus is on providing hope and help to our neighbors in need so they can lift themselves out of poverty.

Please visit the Grand Harbor Outreach website at to learn more about Outreach and how you can help.

Grand Harbor Presents Youth At-Risk Forum

Executive Director, Felix Cruz represented Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy at the Youth At-Risk Forum hosted by the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program on Tuesday, March 20th. This was the 4th forum on the critical issue of youth, which was titled, “Providing Hope for Our At-Risk Youth”.

The Forum included a very distinguished panel of six non-profit leaders who discussed their services that provide help to this at-risk population in our communities. They were: our very own Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance of Indian River County, Crystal Bujol, Artistic Director, Gifford Youth Orchestra, Frank Avilla and Rey Navarro representing, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Sabrina Sampson, Executive Director, Treasure Coast Division, Children’s Home Society of Florida, and Robin Dapp, Executive Director, Substance Awareness Council.

Panelists shared their expertise and explored programs that are available for some of our struggling youth who are homeless, in need of mentoring or in need of hope in their lives. In attendance were Grand Harbor residents and other people from within our community.

The forum helped to inform Grand Harbor residents about an important charitable need in our community and provided an opportunity to ask questions and become familiar with several non-profits in Indian River County. The Forum is held every year at Grand Harbor and residents volunteer their time and energy, attend fund raising events and generously donate to Grand Harbor Community Outreach. Pictured below are the panelists and GHCOP members:

Left to right: Dale Jacobs, Frank Avilla, Robin Dapp, Rey Navarro,Crystal Bujol, Felix Cruz, Sabrina Sampson, Liz Crowther, andDoug Sweeny


Pathfinders flying with RJ MacMillan!

Rotary Club Fishing Trip

Vero Beach Rotary Club- Sunrise Fishing Trip

Thank you so much for such a fabulous Fishing experience for our Youth Guidance Kids!
Fun was had by all and many fish were caught!



Grants Update

On, April 18th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at the Tenth Grant Awards and Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 466 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants were awarded, with the remaining $66,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners.

Youth Guidance was amoung the 4 recipients of the 2018 Impact Grants!
"We are very proud and excited to have developed a partnership with Impact 100 and look forward to a productive collaboration in the healthy development of the children and families of Indian River County." - Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance

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