Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December mentor of the month: Linda Stockton

Linda’s mentee was referred to the program because she lived with her grandfather, not her parents. She lacked the positive female role model in her life, so Linda stepped in. That was over 3 years ago. To this day, Linda and her mentee continue to meet on a regular basis, furthering their relationship. Linda gives her mentee opportunities to be a young girl, with structure and responsibilities in conjunction with moments of happiness and kid-like activities. She provides her with a balanced lifestyle. Living a life abandoned by parents, Linda’s mentee struggled to find a reason to trust other adults. Linda has continued to uplift her mentee and help her understand that life isn’t fair, but it’s how you handle the rough times that matter. Her mentee has transitioned into middle school with Linda by her side and has gained a solid sense of responsibility and respect with Linda. Thank you Linda for staying patient through the rough times and for understanding that your mentee is in need of you and your care now more than ever.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thank You!!

Many Many Thanks to the wonderful donors that helped make our Holiday Party so successful. Over 150 mentors, mentees, family members, friends, and community agencies joined us on December 17th for a fabulous time. This was a great kickoff to a number of Family Events that will be taking place over the coming year.

Special Thanks to:
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Coffee Cat
Downtown Boys & Girls Club
Endowment for Youth Committee
Fighting Back Parent Program
Girls Inc.
Just Communities
Marmalade Cafe
Noah's Anchorage
Notes for Notes
Outback Steakhouse
Santa Barbara Public Library
United Boys & Girls Clubs
Unity Shoppe

We greatly appreciate your generosity and support!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Annual Holiday Party

Annual Mentor Program Holiday Party
Mentors!!! It's that season again :) Please join us!!

When: Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 to 8 PM
NOTE Change Where: Westside Boys and Girls Club
   602 W. Anapamu St.
   Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Who: Mentors and 1 friend who may be interested in mentoring, Mentees, and Mentee Families are all invited
What: A Free Holiday Meal of Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Mac n' Cheese, Hot Chocolate, and more! Games, crafts, prizes, and treats for the kid in us all!!
Decorate a picture frame to hold a picture of you and your mentee, make a gingerbread house, and just have fun with other mentors and mentees!!
There will also be community booths for the parents so that they can sign up their families for various services throughout the community. Booths include: Boys and Girls Club, Notes for Notes, Girls Inc., Endowment for Youth Committee, the Public Library System, and the CADA Parent Program
  • Mentors, if you are willing and able, we would love for you to contribute the dessert part of the meal...bring something small to share, whether that's a pumpkin pie, a plate of cookies, or a handful of jelly bellies.
  • Over the next few weeks, encourage your mentee to create a drawing for our art contest that evening. All attendees will submit their votes, and prizes will be given out to the winners :)
  • RSVP no later than Thursday, December 10th at 5 PM. Due to the location, space will be limited to 125 people...
We look forward to seeing many of you there!!

The Lobero presents Peter Pan

The Santa Barbara Theatre organization has kindly donated 20 tickets to us again this year to see the Peter Pan opening night performance at the Lobero Theater on Tuesday, December 22nd at 7 PM. RSVP by 5 PM on Tuesday, December 15th.

Once we have the final count on RSVPs, I will confirm with SBT and update those of you who plan on attending how to get your tickets.

Peter Pan
Tuesday, December 22nd
7 - 10 PM

Directions to the Lobero Theater (click the link)
33 E. Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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