Youth Get in the Holiday Spirit
Over fifty mentees, mentors, parents, siblings, and community volunteers came together for the annual Youth of Promise holiday celebration on Thursday, December 1. After a holiday feast, youth made snowmen socks, seasonal ornaments, and reindeer hot chocolate mix. Parents of youth participated in a Parent Cafe discussion on managing holiday stress, hosted by program partner Be Strong Families. At the end of the evening, the youth had the opportunity to present their crafts as gifts to their families, and we raffled off prizes for everyone in attendance.
Every youth in the YOP program also received a $25 gift card, thanks to a grant from the Yes, Virginia Fund, a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation. The Yes, Virginia Fund was established in 1994 by generous Pasadena residents to help children at the holidays.
The Youth of Promise Program stimulates educational and emotional growth for underserved students through academic tutoring, individual mentoring, and life skills development. The holiday party provided our mentees the opportunity to come together for a fun-filled evening with family and friends, realize artistic potential through craft-making, and reflect on the practice of giving.