Letter from the Director
Happy fall! Exciting things have been happening over at our Youth Life Learning Centers. After a month of testing, parent meetings, and back-to-school events, the Learning Center rooms are teeming once again with life! Most exciting is that a new Learning Center has opened up (our third elementary site) and we already have 12 new students bonding and learning there. I popped in there the other day and I loved seeing familiar faces: two of my neighbors are in the program as well as other students we have been meeting with on a monthly basis for a year now. I am thrilled that they now have a safe place to go to each day after school.
These things are happening because of so many of you praying, giving, mentoring, and encouraging us along the way. Thank you to our monthly partners old and new who help us to maintain such an amazing staff. Thank you to all who participated in Live to Serve, Hope Thrift, and the Amazing Raise - you helped us reach our financial goal of over $80,000 in the bank for the first year of the new Learning Center! Please contact me for a tour of our new Learning Center and have a great fall!
Thank you for your support and encouragement,
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond
Calvin is one of our oldest students to join the new Learning Center. Since the beginning of the summer, Calvin was closely following the progress of the center coming together and was highly anticipating its opening! Now that the program has started, we asked Calvin to share a bit about himself and why he was looking forward to joining the Youth Life program.
Calvin, a fan of chocolate chip ice cream and pizza, is in the 5th grade at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School. He admits that when he first heard about Youth Life, he just knew that it sounded fun, but didn't know anything else about it. He was excited about the ideas of the Fun Friday trips and the Mystery Trip! Now that Calvin is in the program, he has quickly become a leader among his peers. Without hesitancy, he follows the Learning Center rules and helps look out for the younger students. Although he did not know a number of the students, Calvin began joking with them on the bus and playing football with them at recess on the first day. He is beginning to see that the Learning Center could benefit him to reach his future goal as a basketball player, by "teaching me how to focus."
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