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 www.thevillageep.org 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.
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 www.thevillageep.org, 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.