Dave Friedman gave us a list of events he has for this Rotary year. He wants GVNR to help with the purchase of musical instruments for Cleveland High School Jazz Band, of which his son is a member. Some other events that were highlighted:
- Yearly Track Meet Event: This is a very important event of our club. The event involves high schools from all over the San Fernando Valley.
- Veteran’s Day Parade event
- Harvest/Halloween Festival
- Christmas Lives
- The Angel City Event, where over 5,000 gifts are given out to needy children from all walks of life.
Les Grossman announced that during our Christmas Lives event this year, we should partner with “Vision To Learn” to provide eye exams and glasses to children who might need them.
Marc Tapper was called upon to introduce our guest speaker.
Guest Speaker - Monica Austin-Jackson
Monica Austin-Jackson is the Executive Director of” New Directions for Youth, Inc.” New Direction for Youth Inc. is a non-profit Organization located in North Hollywood, CA. This organization is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth and their families. The vision of the organization is to provide a peaceful community where youth and families thrive and grow. New Directions for Youth provides the following services free of charge: Teen Group Counseling; Job Training and placements for ex-offenders; parenting education; domestic violence classes; gang intervention; gang prevention; and after school programs and homework assistance.
Some achievements of the organization include:
- 98% of youth in the New Directions for Youth Gang Prevention Program no longer show significant risk of gang involvement after one year of participation.
- Over 750 youth and parents receive individual, parent, group, and families counseling services annually.
- Over 1,000 youth are part of afterschool and recreation programs annually.
- One million square feet of graffiti is removed annually.
Some of New Directions For Youth's daily programs include: Tutoring and Literacy; Day and overnight camping; Career
Development and youth empowerment; and Technology training.
For more information on NDFY, please contact the organization at www.ndfy.org
Dave Friedman, Monica Austin-Jackson & Don Reinken
Meeting ended at 1:15PM