Published : Friday, August 17, 2018 | 3:21 PM
Members of the Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Leadership Program were honored this month by local elected officials during a special end of year celebration at the agency’s Highland Park Family Resource Center.
Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo and Councilmember José Huizar recognized each youth for their accomplishments throughout the year. Representatives from both offices presented individual certificates of recognition to each member. The young leaders have provided volunteer support for 24 events and projects in the community, giving back a collective 2,000 service hours.
“All the volunteer hours that you put in certainly do not go unnoticed, and we truly appreciate it. We encourage you to keep working hard,” commended Lucy Aparicio, Senior Field Deputy for Councilmember Huizar. “It could be your name on these certificates handing them out to the next generation. We really believe in you all.”
Danni Wang, Field Deputy for Assemblymember Carrillo echoed Aparicio’s praise, “You’re our future leaders, but you’re also my present leaders. Civic engagement always starts with where you are today. We look forward to partnering with you in the future.”
Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO Debra Manners was presented with a proclamation celebrating the agency for its impactful work across the Los Angeles community. She gave the young leaders encouragement to keep up their hard work in the future, “You can change the world one community at a time and I think you started in this community. We are so proud of you, and do not let anyone tell you that it cannot be done, because it always can and there’s always a way.”
“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Ah young people don’t have a voice.’” explained one youth in the program, “But as young people, I think there’s a lot that we can do to share and influence and have an impact on our community. Don’t give up on this forever-growing program.”
Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Leadership Program was designed to support youth to build leadership skills, be involved in the community, increase their awareness of how their community works, increase their exposure to career options, partner with community leaders, continue on to higher education and become decision-making, problem solving citizens. The foundation of the Youth Leadership Program is the principle that youth are important members in our community and can become active contributors in the community as adults. Eighth grade through twelfth grade students from various schools in northeast L.A. attend regular Youth Leadership Program meetings every two weeks and participate in at least one community activity or workshop per month. For more information about the program, contact Yvonne Sarceda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 115 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 12,000 lives annually. Services include: residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for emancipated foster youth; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; educational support services; and after-school tutoring/enrichment. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org.