Youth Guidance News

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy Receives the Dyer Difference Award at the 2018 Treasure Coast Business Summit

On Thursday, May 17th, 2018 Dyer Auto presented Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy the Dyer Difference Award at the Treasure Coast Business Summit. The award is presented on behalf of Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru and salutes a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization in Indian River County that is truly making a difference.  The Dyer Difference Award is presented along with a $3,000.00 check to each month’s recipient. The Dyer family and management team is committed to recognizing those organizations whose service and contributions proactively build Indian River County into a strong and caring community.

“Dyer Chevrolet continues its long history of civic engagement in Indian River County.  Youth Guidance has always been one of their priorities in support of developing underprivileged youth. We take young kids from underprivileged families and help them to develop the skills to be productive members of society. We are thankful to make a Dyer Difference and to receive this award.” – Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is very appreciative of the continued support and recognition from Dyer Auto. For more information about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy please visit our website at youthguidanceprogram.org or call 772-492-3933.

Jake Owen Foundation Donates $15,000 to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy

Vero Beach, Fl. – On Tuesday, May 1st 2018, Stephen Owen presented Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy a check for $15,000.00 donated on behalf of The Jake Owen Foundation. For the past several years The Jake Owen Foundation has contributed to Youth Guidance and has helped our organization in fulfilling our mission, enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem and positive futures.

“Jake Owen is the prime personification of civic engagement.  A Vero Beach native, he successfully converted a personal injury mishap into a successful music career.  However, never forgetting his roots, he has quietly provided funding to disadvantaged children in Indian River County, through many years of monetary contributions to the mentoring programs of Youth Guidance.  We are grateful to have him and both his parents, as ardent supporters.” – Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy

The Jake Owen Foundation was created to offer its support on a national level to children battling cancer and other childhood diseases through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while also lending its support to youth organizations and various charities in Owen’s hometown area of Indian River County, Fl. The local organizations benefiting from the foundation’s annual event assist youth with illnesses, shelter, food, education, health and fitness, the arts and the opportunity to better themselves through various programs and organizations.  

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is very appreciative and thankful for the support and donation from the Jake Owen Foundation. For more information about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy please visit our website at youthguidanceprogram.org or call 772-492-3933.

YOUTH GUIDANCE AWARDED 2018 IMPACT 100 GRANT


On, Wednesday, 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.

"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 children and families of Indian River County." - Felix Cruz, executive Director, youth Guidance Mentoring Academy

The four recipients of the 2018 Impact Grants are:

Economic Opportunities Council of IRC
Early Bird Program Expansion to Dodgertown Elementary

Tykes & Teens, Inc.
Little TYKES (Teaching Young Kids Emotionally & Socially)

Veterans Council of Indian River County, Inc.
Veterans Helping Veterans Program
Safety, Accessibility and Home Improvements

Youth Guidance Mentoring and Activities Program
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy – S.T.E.A.M.

In addition, the following three nonprofits are Merit Award winners each receiving $22,000.

The Buggy Bunch
Indian River State College Foundation
Vero Beach Rowing

“The grants we received this year reflect the multi-generational community needs for food, education, healing and the need for personal dignity. I am so proud that Impact 100 will be joining these nonprofits to directly transform the lives of these individuals and thereby improve all of our lives in Indian River County,” says Grant Chair, Brenda Cetrulo. “We couldn't have done it without the tireless work of over fifty Impact 100 members who served as Grant Panel Volunteers, reviewing each of the submitted grants, conducting site visits and presenting the very best grants to our membership.”

“Our tenth anniversary year has been one of celebration and reflection,” stated Suzanne Carter, Board President. “I am very proud of our record membership number, and especially the fact that we have 83 new members, many of whom come from new and different neighborhoods. We also have a cohort of younger members, who bring excitement and energy, as well as many technical skills. We are spreading our wings in our community.”

Thank you to all the members of Impact 100 for making this, our 10th Year, a resounding success! With your dedication and support, Impact 100 has invested more than $3.8 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County since inception.

 — with Jeffrey Shearer.

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 GHCOP.org 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!

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Grants Update

YOUTH GUIDANCE AWARDED 2018 IMPACT 100 GRANT
 
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

 Find out more about Impact 100 by visiting www.impact100ir.com 
 

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