College Knowledge in Action

ucsc-aerialThe upper high school group has been busy for the last few months. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent the Presidents Day weekend on a college trip to UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Community College. Both campuses are stunning, with ocean views and expansive facilities. The girls were excited with the possibility of living near the ocean and attending college. Of course, the weather could not have been better for us to enjoy the beach and the towns of Santa Cruz and Capitola. Monday morning we ended our visit with a workout along West Cliff…we ran, power walked, and stopped for pushups and lunges. Whew! On our way back, we stopped to watch the surfers and to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the fresh air.

Cooking Dinner Together

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The girls and their families enjoying the meal they cooked

As part of our efforts to expose girls to new things, teach them about nutrition and healthy eating, and to teach them valuable cooking skills, the high school girls have been cooking monthly dinners together with their Program Director, Kristin Aguilar. Last month, the girls made red and green enchiladas, salad, two kinds of salsa and rice. They each invited a family member to join them, which we do at the Club every quarter. Kristin had a few parents tell her afterward how much they enjoyed being there, meeting the other families, and eating a meal prepared by the girls. Everyone was able to bring home leftovers, and we are looking forward to doing it again this week!  This time, the girls are making Japanese food…miso soup, vegetable sushi, salad and mochi. The group tries a new type of cuisine each time they cook together, and Kristin always likes to introduce a new skill or kitchen technique. It is always fun to challenge the girls to try new flavors and taste combinations!

Teaching Public Speaking Skills

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Jerri Glover with Toastmasters

The 8th grade girls have been working with Toastmaster, Jerri Glover, to hone their presentation and public speaking skills in preparation for their 8th grade speeches (a graduation requirement at many of the schools). Jerri, who serves as the District 39 Community Outreach coordinator and has achieved the level of Advanced Communicator Bronze, has been a part of the Nevada County Toastmasters for a few years and is a long time volunteer at The Friendship Club. Toastmasters aims to help people gain confidence while speaking in front of a group and leadership skills. We are happy to report that of the girls who have given their speeches, all received an “A” or “B” on them.  It is our hope that this puts them on the path of feeling comfortable and confident giving presentations and speeches at school, with The Friendship Club and out in the community—a skill that will serve them well for years to come!

Help Us Help Girls Chart Course to a Bright Future

We are so appreciative of The Union for sharing our story with the community and for the amazing spread in today’s paper–all to celebrate The Friendship Club’s 20th Anniversary and impact on our community (click here for the online article)! We can’t thank Brian Hamilton, Jim Hemig, Emily Lavin, and Jesse Locks enough for their hard work to make this all happen! We are hoping that you will take this opportunity to make a donation and help us continue our important work for another 20 years!  Donate now and an anonymous donor will match YOUR donations up to $20,000! Please consider making a donation through the mail by using the envelope included in the newspaper with today’s article, or by mailing your own donation, or by donating online today!! Thank you for your support! Here is to another 20 years!

20 Years of Friendship: Jesse Locks

Jesse LocksIn celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the twentieth article featuring a volunteer who has been instrumental in helping us share our story with you, Jesse Locks. She’s always one of our most colorful drivers at The Friendship Club 100 Race, she has accompanied us to Jackson Lake campouts, organized film screenings including Miss Representation and 10×10 – Girl Rising and she will tell you that by volunteering you are not only changing the lives of these girls but for yourself as well. Thank you, Jesse, for being an extraordinary advocate of The Friendship Club and our girls!

20 Years of Friendship: Dr. Sean and Tiana Rockwell

Sean & Tiana Rockwell2In celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the nineteenth article featuring a dynamic duo for the incredible support they provide to Friendship Club girls, Dr. Sean and Tiana Rockwell. Over the last two years, the Rockwell’s have been instrumental in providing much needed dental health services to the girls at The Friendship Club. We can’t thank them enough for their generous support and commitment to the organization!

20 Years of Friendship: Dan Castles

Dan CastlesIn celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the eighteenth article featuring long time donor and advocate for The Friendship Club, Dan Castles, CEO & President of Telestream, Inc. We couldn’t do what we do without people and companies like Dan and Telestream!

20 Years of Friendship: Michelle Scuracchio

MIchelle SIn celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the seventeenth article featuring one of our graduates, Michelle Scuracchio. This is a powerful testament to the importance of giving girls a chance and helping them realize what they are capable of achieving. We can’t say enough about how proud we are of this young woman and all that she has already done in her young life! Thank you Michelle for your courage, hard work, and determination. We can’t wait to see what is next for you!

20 Years of Friendship: Dr. Bruce Lattyak

Leslie & Bruce LattyakIn celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the sixteenth article featuring a dedicated supporter and donor to The Friendship Club, Dr. Bruce Lattyak. Being a father of two young girls himself, Dr. Lattyak understands the challenges that are unique to girls and is happy to support our organization for providing a safe and caring place for girls who need the extra support to thrive. Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Lattyak for your support of our girls!

20 Years of Friendship: Hannah Edwards

Hannah EdwardsIn celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year, The Union has been gracious enough to publish an article a day for 20 days to commemorate our 20 years serving adolescent girls in our community.  Here is the fifteenth article highlighting one of our graduates, Hannah Edwards. She came to The Friendship Club when she was just 10 years old and look at her now! What an awesome young woman – we are so proud of her. Hannah and graduates like her look forward to working together to establish a TFC Alumni Association where girls can continue to come together and share experiences, learn, network and give back to our community!