The inspiring 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon on Friday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will feature remarks by U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, along with hundreds of Bay Area corporate, community and philanthropic leaders joining to celebrate YMCA youth who have succeeded in the face of adversity and are making an impact in their communities.
Young people and youth movements are powerful catalysts for change. They have led critical efforts throughout history to advance social inclusion and eliminate discrimination and injustice. This year’s Y for Youth Luncheon will be one to lift up local young leaders who are creating positive solutions to build a better world.
Longtime youth advocate U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris will be the featured speaker at the event. As District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General of California and now, as United States Senator, Harris has been a passionate advocate for increasing graduation rates among San Francisco’s most vulnerable youth and for offering education alternatives for underserved youth. As District Attorney, Harris supported the launch of the Bayview Hunters’ Point YMCA’s Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment (CARE) Program and the Five Keys Charter School, which continue to help truant youth re-engage with their high school education by creating an alternative map that guides them to successfully graduate.
Since 2012, the annual luncheon has raised more than $3 million to support the YMCA of San Francisco’s programs serving more than 10,000 youth each day. These funds have deepened the impact of the Y’s youth programs throughout San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.
“I am so inspired by our youth and the positive impact that they have on our community,” said Chuck Collins, President and CEO of the YMCA of San Francisco. “Join us in celebrating the essential role that the Y of San Francisco plays in youth reaching their full potential and strengthening our neighborhoods.”
Y for Youth Luncheon guests will hear stories from KC Agramon, Johnal Stiger and London Stiger – three close friends and high school students who have completed the Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP) at the Buchanan YMCA. There, they found safety, mentoring and opportunity. They are now better prepared to enter the workforce and succeed in school. And, these future leaders of San Francisco are already sharing their experience and leadership with other young people as Counselors-In-Training at the Buchanan YMCA.
Individual tickets for the Y for Youth Luncheon start at $500 while sponsorships run $5,000 to $100,000 and are available online at ymcasf.org/y-youth, or by calling 415 281 6780.
The Y for Youth Luncheon is proudly presented by Alaska Airlines.
About the YMCA of San Francisco
The YMCA of San Francisco makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and become healthy. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the Bay Area’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. At the YMCA of San Francisco, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to improve their lives and their community. For more information about the Y of SF, please visit ymcasf.org.
YMCA of San Francisco’s Seventh Annual Y For Youth Luncheon
Friday, March 9, 2018, 11 am-1:30 pm
Reception: 11 am
Luncheon: noon-1:30 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco
Chuck Collins, President and CEO of the YMCA of San Francisco
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris
Corporate, philanthropic and civic leaders, inspiring YMCA youth
Speakers include youth from Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP):
KC Agramon, Johnal Stiger and London Stiger
Shelby Passeral Tsai
Randi and Bob Fisher
Helen Hilton Raiser
Lindsay and Peter Joost
Roselyne C. Swig
Ned and Rachel Topham
Stephanie Anderson Pugash
TICKETS AND INFO:
500 per person, VIP Patron $1,000;
Table Sponsors: $5,000 to $100,000
Available online at ymcasf.org/y-youth or by calling 415 281 6780.
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