On May 4th the gym was transformed into a banquet room, where we hosted the 3rd Annual East Garfield Park Community Youth Awards. We partnered with 5 other organizations with the goals to Recognize Youth, Encourage Growth, Foster Pride and Promote Collaboration. Over 25 community agencies and schools submitted nominations of youth to receive awards in academics, visual arts, community service/citizenship, sports and peer leadership. With 78 nominations, 24 youth received the awards - 12 middle schoolers and 12 high schoolers. Each of the awardees had family attend. A local caterer made a beautiful feast for the 250 guests. The night was so special, and parents were so proud of their children. This is a beautiful event that highlights the positive things that young people in our community are involved in. You have helped make these activities and opportunities a reality for us.
This is just one event out of hundreds that go on all the time in the Foglia Center. We cannot express how much of an impact the support from our donors has on changing the lives of our children and teens. Every day we hear about so much violence, and we feel lucky that we have so many supporters who care about what happens in our world and want our children and teens to have the opportunities and experiences that will encourage them to grow up to be successful adults.