The Village Beat – Spring 2017

Greetings Village!

2017 is starting off as our best year ever! The Village Enrichment Program is in its first year-round afterschool program at the Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School in Los Angeles. Their afterschool group “The Ladies and Gentlemen: Leaders of Tomorrow” invited us to bring our life skills programs and content to the 25+ girls and boys in the club.

We have had great sessions on managing personal finances, job-readiness, wonderfully engaging discussions on nutrition, food deserts and our food supply, spirited debates pro and con going to college, games and activities.

Photos above (clockwise from top left): Spinach-banana-blueberry smoothies! Got one participant to try it who said he never eats anything green. He liked it! Seaweed is sampled and a nutrition IQ contest.

Fundraising Success: NAX Shoots Hoops to Help

A HUGE THANKS goes out to Village Leader Jeff Broadnax who recently held his 1st annual Free Throws for a Fresh Start, raising over $1,500 for the Village Enrichment Program, and even more for other worthy causes. We cannot thank Jeff enough for coming up with this creative idea for fundraising. (And boy, are we glad that he’s got skills! In his free throw challenge, Jeff made 416 of 500 free throws – an astonishing 83.2%!! Go, Jeff!)

Many thanks to those who challenged Jeff in this event. We welcome those who offered their support to The Village from Jeff’s fundraiser. Thank you for your incredible generosity!

Featured Volunteer: Dr. Carlton Green

Author and motivational speaker Dr. Green has been a champion of The Village from day one. Each year, Dr. Green shares sage advice with the youth as he regales them with stories from his youth and his personal and professional path. Participants sit spellbound, hanging on to his every word.

“I am inspired and encouraged each time I volunteer at one of the Village’s programs. The students are attentive and ask deep questions which makes me dig within myself to give my very best.”

We thank Dr. Green for his ongoing commitment to The Village. If you are in the Los Angeles area and interested in volunteering with this summer’s programs, please let us know. We would love to have you! And more importantly, you will have the opportunity to positively impact young lives. Visit for more information or to contact us.

Welcome Junior Board!

We have started our Junior Board, engaging several young professionals, including former Village facilitator Angie Perez, nonprofit professional Kristen Green and educator Charmaine Griffin. Many thanks to these young ladies for donating their time and expertise to help The Village improve processes and enhance programs.

Summer in The Village

We are well underway with our plans for this year’s summer program. We are working on a 3 or 4 week program at Los Angeles Leadership Academy in Lincoln Heights, where we have been welcomed with open arms for over 5 years! Recruitment of facilitators is underway and program dates and content being finalized. Look for our summer Village Beat for a wrap up of those activities.

Thank you!

As always, thank you to all of our donors who make every bit of these programs possible. We hope we have inspired your continual support this year and welcome donations of ALL sizes. Donate today under “Give” at, or mail your 100% tax deductible contribution to:

The Village Enrichment Program
1107 Fair Oaks Avenue #806
South Pasadena, CA 91030

We count on donors like you to make these programs available to the underserved youth of our Village. Absolutely 100% of your donations go to the programs and their facilitation.

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Village Enrichment Program 2016 Wrap

Greetings Friends of The Village

Dear Village Members,

This summer marks our 5th year holding The Village Enrichment Program summer workshops. We had the opportunity to add a new school this year, College Bridge Academy (CBA) in Compton, California.

We were blessed to have join us, once again, such Village Leaders as motivational speaker Dr. Carlton Green; School Psychologist Dr. Rose Johnson-Huff; 94.7 the Wave morning on-air host Pat Prescott; and 24 Hour Fitness Club Manager Rodney Daniel. We were assisted by City Year Corps members Evelyn Amez and Sandra Ruvio in facilitating our program.

An added bonus this year, we were able to secure the assistance of Carroll Brown, a PhD candidate from Phillips Graduate Institute, to join us in a consulting role. Mr. Brown sat in on our workshops and came up with fantastic ideas for The Village that have the potential to open more doors for us at schools throughout California by making the program part of the G requirement in California’s A-G graduation requirements for high school graduates. Stay tuned for his video from this summer’s program which will go out in our Giving Tuesday email blast.

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Newsletter – December 2013 : The Year in Review

Friends & Family Launch

Over 20 of The Village’s friends and family gathered earlier this year at the home of co-founder Aretha Green for a “Friends & Family Launch” where support was garnered and volunteers were recruited to help with this summer’s program.

The Village Welcome Reception

The Village Enrichment Program (The Village) hosted its Welcome Reception on September 15, 2013, on the rooftop of the newly opened YWCA Greater Los Angeles Urban Campus building. Over 80 guests enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon overlooking the downtown Los Angeles skyline. With the soundtrack for the event being provided by the amazing Dale Fielder Quartet, it was a Sunday in September to remember! Continue reading “Newsletter – December 2013 : The Year in Review”

Thank you from The Village Enrichment Program!

Greetings Village,

As we close 2013, we wanted to be sure to provide you, the members, volunteers and supporters of The Village Enrichment Program, with feedback on the programs you have helped to fund.

TSE Program

This year, we were able to deliver a 16-week program in cooperation with the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, for the YWCA’s Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) program. The TSE program aids in transitioning young women from county assistance to employment by providing temporary jobs that allow the young women to gain much needed work experience and prepare them for becoming productive members of the workforce.

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