For those of you who may not know, after today, March 29th, I will be leaving my position as Youth Programs Manager at Youth Action Hudson. When I first applied for the Youth Engagement intern position, I had no idea that I was embarking on a five year journey with an organization that would fundamentally change the course of my life and ignite a passion for working with youth.
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for such an incredible organization, and I will forever be grateful for the knowledge, experience and relationships I have gained over the past five years. I want to sincerely thank the Youth Action Hudson staff, Yvonne and Dana, our board of directors, and the Hudson community as a whole for the support they have given me and the youth that I have had the pleasure to work with.
To all of the students I have had the opportunity to work with over the past five years - thank you. Thank you for allowing me to work alongside you to create change in the Hudson community. Thank you for igniting a passion for youth development and helping to shape the first few years of my professional career. Thank you proving that youth are compassionate, dedicated and powerful leaders. Thank you for demonstrating what an invaluable asset youth are in the community. You are all such inspiring young men and women and I am so excited to continue to watch you grow as leaders, create new programs, and pursue your passions.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
p.s. Make good life choices!
p.p.s I'm not going far! Come visit me!
Sophomore Sydney Rossini created the Period Project as a way to provide comfort, cleanliness and dignity to homeless women by providing feminine hygiene items such as pads and tampons in hand sewn bags.
The project is designed to raise awareness of the issues that are facing homeless women. Resources such as shelters and food banks are often well publicized and accessible, but what happens when a woman is in need of basic feminine hygiene items? The fact that the topic is seen as taboo, coupled with the high price for these items means many shelters are unable to provide these items to women.
Sydney and fellow YAH volunteers made and packed more than 70 bags with pads, tampons and candy. These bags will be distributed through homeless shelters, such as Grace Place, resource centers such as Operation HELP, and outreach organizations throughout the area.
If you would like to learn more about the project and how YOU can help - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below!
, Friday November 18th, Youth Action Hudson in partnership with the Hudson Youth Resource Committee hosted our annual Empty Bowls event, designed to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in our community. Historically, our event has been hosted in February, but this year, we decided to host the event in November, which is National Youth Homelessness Awareness month.
Guests were invited to join us for a simple meal of soup and bread, and learn more about organizations that are helping to end poverty, hunger and homelessness in our community. Organizations present included Positive Alternatives, Grace Place, Operation HELP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Our Neighbors' Place, Hudson Christian Food Shelf and the Hudson Backpack Program!
Our students had the opportunity to research the organizations that were present at the event, and had the chance to select one organization to donate 100% of the proceeds from the event to. Our students selected Positive Alternatives to be the recipient of the funds. Positive Alternatives is a non-profit, community based organization serving youth and families in Wisconsin. Through family and strength based services, PA strives to equip at-risk youth and young adults with social, emotional and developmental skills needed to flourish.
Alexis Palmquist from Positive Alternatives came to speak with our Youth Advisory Board today about how proceeds from our Nov. 18th Empty Bowls event will help to benefit Positive Alternatives! Our Youth Advisory Board members were thrilled to present Positive Alternatives with a check for $854!