Thursday, August 11, 2011

Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Center

On Wednesday, August 10, 2011 the Houston Area Event Vendors & Professionals had the honor of hosting a donation drive benefiting Houston’s own Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Center. This drive was to help the Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Center collect school supply items needed for their "Back-to-School" community school supply give away that will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2011. Thank you to those who came out to show your support!

Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. was founded in 1990 by Sylvia Bolling. During the first 5 years of operation, Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. had very few resources to work with…there was no facility, no paid staff, and very limited funds. By establishing valuable community partnerships, the agency’s founder, Sylvia Bolling, took the then fledgling community-based organization from her home to its current facility.

Acquiring the Community Center has allowed Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. to expand its programs and offer more much-needed services and activities to the entire community. Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. has accomplished so much through the agency’s network of supporters, area families and community organizations that are concerned about and supportive of youth and families in our community.

More than 65% of the students in the Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. target area are economically disadvantaged. Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. offers programs that support and nurture success. Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. also offers a place where the kids that are doing well can be role models for others by volunteering to be peer tutors. During the summer months, many Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. students participate in the “School of Business” job readiness program, learning responsibility, acquiring viable job skills, and gaining leadership skills that lead to valuable work experiences. 

Below is just a few of the programs that Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. offers... 

* Hunger relief (food pantry) * Basic needs assistance (clothing and furniture bank) * GED classes * English as a Second Language classes * Family counseling * Year-round youth development (Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Youth Club) * Teen job training program * Computer classes (English and Spanish) * Community computer lab * Senior Club * Aerobics classes * Defensive Driving * Alcoholics Anonymous * Juvenile Probation Services 

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