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Mission

In partnership with the community, HYC’s mission is to raise awareness and meet the needs of homeless youth so they can stay in school and graduate.

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Programs

EYFTF
Empowering Youth for the Future

CHANGE
Children Heal and New Growth Empowers

Host Family

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Events

Racing for Hope

Tee Off for Teens

Empowering Youth

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Get Involved

Mentor
Host Family
Student Ambassador
EYFTF
Teen Exchange
Volunteer

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We are in need of additional volunteers for our fundraising event, Racing for Hope. If you have time to commit next Saturday afternoon, May 6 at the Wigwam Resort we need you! Lunch is provided! Please call for details. 623-374-3747. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's National Volunteer Week -April 23rd to 29th and we are SO grateful for the help of all our wonderful volunteers--we simply could not do it without you. From Host Families who volunteer to house a student, to mentors, office and event volunteers, drivers and many more who step in to help when needed. THANK YOU! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you heard about the amazing mystery boxes at Racing for Hope? You're guaranteed an amazing prize or package that's valued at and usually more than what you paid and we've got some super fun boxes ready for next week! Here's just a sample of a few items you could win!
-Dinner and movie packages
-Massages
-Amazon Fire tablet
-laptops
-HD TVs
-jewelry
-salon packages
-Grandstand seats at the NASCAR Xfinity race
and much more--you'll have to join us to win!
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Homeless Youth Connection shared Get Grounded's post. ... See MoreSee Less

We start to doubt our teenagers from time to time. We hear their aggressive tone and label them disrespectful. We watch them lay across their beds instead of take out the trash and label them lazy. We see them struggle at school and label them unmotivated. We watch them fail at handling stress, and label them troubled. This is what they hear, feel and live inside. We worry, we stress, we plot and we plan. Are you in this place? To you, worried parent of a teenager, I offer a peek inside of who your teen really is. Find a place where your teen can volunteer. Find a place where your teen can shine. Find a place where your teen can lead. Find a place where your teen can be motivated. It's so easy for us as adults, to label when the going get's tough. We say we will do anything to help our teens. Will we allow them an opportunity to shine? Will we allow them a place where we can see their authentic selves and where they can feel their most authentic? Volunteering has reminded me of who my son is at his core. As I watch him clean poop off of dog beds, and coax a stubborn, misunderstood dog into playing tug of war. I remember who my son was born to be. Love. He is playful. He is a leader. He takes direction well. He completes a task. He looks the adults in the eyes as they direct him. He responds respectfully and with a hint of humor. No where in sight is the "lazy" teen I labeled. No where in sight is the disrespect I heard. No where in sight is any lack of motivation. I am reminded of how respectful he can be. I am reminded of how funny he is. I am reminded of how much he cares about helpless animals. I am reminded of what good energy he carries. When my son volunteers it opens up a new village for us. That village shines a light on who my son is at his core. That village enables him to show he is good at taking direction. That village enables him to shine. That village provides a place for me to watch my son light up under the direction of others. He is there to give back, but I can't help feeling that we are the ones receiving here. Find a place where your teen can shine. Find a place where you can see the foundation you laid. Find a place where they can feel capable and needed. Find a place where your concerns dissipate. Find a place that needs your teen just as much as he needs them. Find a place where the only compensation is received in the heart. Remind your teen how capable they are. Remind them of their strengths. Remind them of who they were born to be. Remind them of why they are so amazing. My son was required to volunteer last Christmas for a class in high school. He dreaded it, but chose a tree lot that gave back through non-profit work. They lauded his performance. They met us at our car and reminded us what a great son we have, every time we picked him up. They labeled him their best volunteer ever.....loudly and made sure he heard them. The light that was ignited through that experience encouraged him to continue to volunteer, this time at National Mill Dog Rescue. I can't think of a better chance for me to see his shine then to volunteer next to him this time. We do our best to avoid the "holiday volunteers" by choosing something we can regularly help with throughout the year. This piece is important, because at the holidays, you have so many volunteers, your teen may not be counted on for much. Give them the opportunity to be relied on. They will rise, I promise you. They will shine and you, my sweet Mom or Dad, will remember who is under that bumpy face and smart ass retort. You will remember that is my kind hearted son. The same one who never left for school without kissing his Mama. The same one who grabbed my hand in every parking lot. The same one who cried when his hamster died. That is my son, caring for those in need. That is my son......and I'm so proud. Kerry Foreman MA Psychotherapist Get Grounded Blog: www.groundedblog.com Twitter: @groundedminds E-mail: groundedminds@gmail.com National Mill Dog Rescue

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