"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." - Mary Ann Radmacher
Bay Area Begins
Spotlight: Bay Area Begins with Festivals, Markets & New Friends
We are just getting started in the Bay Area and to kick things off, PGK teamed up with our new partner, My New Red Shoes, to get a jump start on the Back-to-School season, making nearly 200 cards to accompany the Back-to-School bags they provide to students in need to help get their year off to good start.
Participating in a Facebook Festival in May, two farmer's markets in June and July, and gearing up for our final summer appearance at the Facebook County Fair on August 26th, PGK has been connectinig with kids to give them a chance to bring smiles to other students, just like them, and to make sure they know there are lots of other ways they can make a difference - all they need to do is check out the PGK website or the newly launched PGK mobile app, YouthGive.
Spotlight: TACSC, PGK and CPFS (Lots of Letters Coming Together for Lots of Good)
Each year, we partner with our friends at TACSC to dream up a service project we think will resonate with the roughly 2500 middle school students from over 80 schools that come together for their SLD Days to learn about being student leaders. This year, we introduced them to our friends at Cell Phone for Soldiers (or CPFS).
At TACSC, a specific focus was placed on servant leadership this year. Participants discussed the pillars of servant leadership, and students were challenged to find their “magis” and create a program that will serve their schools, parishes and communities while fulfilling their own passion to help others. In introducing them to Cell Phone for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization serving our veterans that was founded by middle school students, the participants were able to see servant leadership in action and express their gratitude to our troops by way of short video clips.
As noted by Program Director, Gene Detre, “In order to lead, you must serve. And it does not matter how old you are… you can start today.” At PGK, we believe whole-heartedly in this message. And apparently it resonated too. As noted by Anita from St. Pius X Elementary School, "This Student Leadership Day was the best day ever! I learned that I can make a difference in the lives of others and helping others is what I want to do! To be a leader, I must serve. And there are lots of people I can serve!"
Anita, thanks for reminding all of us there are many people we can serve every day. And thank you, TACSC, for helping students realize their power to change the world!
Summer of Service
By Amy Johnson, Outreach & Marketing Manager, PGK - Bay Area
School’s out for summer! Bring on the swimsuits, fro-yo, and shades. And why not add a bit of service to the mix? Summer is great time to explore different service opportunities in your community. Whether it’s working in a garden, collecting clothing, or doing crafts with young kids, it’s definitely worth your time. And who knows? You may just find something you love and want to continue into the fall.
We’ve got lots of options to choose from: quilting for you crafty peeps, gardening days for you naturalists, book drives for all our bookworms, and pantry shifts for those that like to get their hands dirty. Check out our website or our iOS mobile app, YouthGive, to find a project near you.
Summer is here! Time to gather your friends and have some fun while helping your community.