Thursday, March 24, 2011

Be a Philanthropist Grant to Fund Summer Activities for Teens

Hello, friends of South Franklin!

It's a very busy time of year for us at the South Franklin Community Center. This Saturday, March 26 from 9-12 we will be kicking off our spring soccer season with scrimmages, sign-ups and an opportunity to meet the coaches. We are very thankful to all our volunteer coaches and referees who have committed to spending time with South Franklin's families over the next couple months. Thank you, thank you!

If you are not currently signed up to participate in soccer and you would like to help, we would love for you to be a referee. Sign up using the link to the right.

In addition to preparing for soccer and holding our regular classes and programs, we are also starting to plan our summer activities. It may seem a little early to be thinking about summer (although the more it rains, the more I think about it!), but a lot goes into planning the summer camps for the kids. If you have volunteered at South Franklin, you know what wonderful kids we have in the neighborhood, and you know that they are definitely worth the effort.

In past years we have focused on creating fun, high-quality learning experiences for the children, such as museum trips, fire department and police visits, cultural awareness days with groups like BYU's Living Legends dance group, nutrition days, music days, and more. We hope to build on the current program by dividing the children into two age groups to better serve their skills and interests. But we are also very excited to focus on the teenagers this coming summer. We are pleased to announce a new teen activities campaign!

This effort has no name. It is not a camp or a program. We simply want to focus more on the wonderful youth ages 13-18 who live in the South Franklin neighborhood. They are good young men and women who work hard in school, care for their siblings, support their parents, and have dreams. More details will be forthcoming, but we hope to hold regular sports activities, break dancing classes, age-appropriate music events, and more. This wish of ours will be funded by a generous grant from Be a Philanthropist.

Be a Philanthropist is a grassroots philanthropy organization funded by students of Brigham Young University. The group focuses on high impact efforts. We are grateful to Be a Philanthropist for recognizing the significance of working with the youth of South Franklin. If you want to learn more about them, their website can be found here.

Thanks to Be a Philanthropist, our soccer volunteers, our sponsors, and all our other volunteers. You really are making a difference!

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