YouthWorks Council

The YouthWorks Council was created in 2007 to promote the involvement of youth in philanthropy and volunteerism. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.  Being a YouthWorks Council member has many benefits:

A youth empowerment and community service initiative engaging our community’s youth directly through mentoring, volunteering, and philanthropy.

  • Have fun with friends while doing great things for your community
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain valuable volunteer experience
  • Learn about philanthropy and children’s healthcare needs in our community

Who can apply:  Any youth age 14-20 who is attending high school in Yakima County and is actively involved in community service either through Memorial Family of Services or another community organization or church or school group.

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YouthWorks Council – Youth in action!

While most teens spend the last drops of summer vacation soaking up the bliss of school-free sunshine, three of our own YouthWorks Council members spent their time making some tough decisions.

Recently, Sarah Mitchell, Jomay Ruiz and Mark Day, delegates of the YouthWorks Council, spoke to The Memorial Foundation Allocations Committee to make their formal recommendations for the allocation of YouthWorks funds. Charged with distributing over $54,000, the YouthWorks Council saw fit to recommend $38,000 to fully support Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) continued collaboration with the Vermont Oxford Network, while a recommendation was made for the remainder of the funds to be allocated to Children’s Village programs.

All one2one mentors at Children’s Village, each council representative held a personal stake in this year’s recommendation.  Ruiz coordinated this past year’s Mr. Davis pageant, and will do so again this coming year.  The Council felt strongly that they wanted to choose a program with needs they could fully fund.  For Ruiz and the other council representatives, providing funds for the NICU was a top priority.

“[Davis] raised more than any other participating high school, and that was in large part because of the pageant contestants’ tour of the NICU,” said Ruiz. “The nurses showed us their newest incubator bought with funds provided by YouthWorks, and it really focused our attention.  After that, our contestants knew what they were doing provided real value.”

For another Youth Council representative, Children’s Village is a second home.  “With my mom being one of the first employees there, and my brother receiving services at Children’s Village, I would go there all the time,” recalls Day.  Having been around Children’s Village for so many years, Day said, “I used to get my cheeks pinched a lot.  I still get my cheeks pinched, but less so now!”

With the remaining $16,000 for the YouthWorks Council to distribute, they hope that the grant will make an impact where the leadership of the Children’s Village sees fit.  Whether towards autism, genetics or mental health programs, they know that their contribution—though “a small sliver” of the overall operating cost—will make a big impact.

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Youth in action: The YouthWorks Council Allocates $54,000

While most teens spend the last drops of summer vacation soaking up the bliss of school-free sunshine, three of our own YouthWorks Council members spent their time making some tough decisions.  Sarah Mitchell, Jomay Ruiz and Mark Day spoke to The Memorial Foundation President, Anne Napier Caffery, and the Allocations Committee as  delegates of the YouthWorks Council, making their formal recommendations for the allocation of YouthWorks funds.  For the 2011-2012 fiscal year, YouthWorks raised and allocated over $54,000.

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Mark Day ’14(left), Sarah Mitchell ’13 (center), and Jomay Ruiz ’13 (right) preparing to formally recommend theallocation of 2011/2012 YouthWorks funds to The Memorial Foundation President, Anne Napier Caffery, and the Allocations Committee.

The YouthWorks Council’s first recommendation was that Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) receive $38,000 to fully fund their continued collaboration with the Vermont Oxford Network, a nation-wide collaborative compiling and monitoring data to improve the overall quality and safety of care for newborns and infants.  The council then recommended that Children’s Village general budget receive the remainder of the YouthWorks funds, entrusting the leadership to invest areas of greatest need.

All one2one mentors at Children’s Village, each council representative held a personal stake in this year’s recommendation.  The Council felt strongly that they wanted to choose a program with needs they could fully fund.  Ruiz coordinated this past year’s Mr. Davis pageant, and will do so again this coming year.  For her and the her like-minded council representatives, providing funds for the NICU was a top priority.

“[Davis High School] raised more than any other participating high school [this past year], and that was in large part because of the pageant contestants’ tour of the NICU,” said Ruiz to The Memorial Foundation President, Anne Napier Caffery, and the Allocations Committee . “The nurses showed us their newest incubator bought with funds provided by YouthWorks, and it really focused our attention.  After that, our contestants knew what they were doing provided real value.”

For another Youth Council representative, Children’s Village is a second home.  “With my mom being one of the first employees there, and my brother receiving services at Children’s Village, I would go there all the time,” recalls Day.  Having been around Children’s Village for so many years, Day said, “I used to get my cheeks pinched a lot.  I still get my cheeks pinched, but less so now!”

With the remaining $16,000, the council hopes that the grant will make an impact where the leadership of the Children’s Village sees fit.  Whether towards autism, genetics or mental health programs, they know that their contribution—though “a small sliver” of the overall operating cost—will make a big impact.

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