As the SFBFS Youth Education Manager & Counselor, it is my job to ensure that every child who comes through our doors has a positive experience, learns something and has fun! In additional to our educational curriculum, our Summer Youth Education activities include several field trips designed to expand the minds of our students. As summertime comes to an end. I’d like to reflect on those adventures and the wonderful memories they brought for both our students and SFBFS’ staff.
Members of our Computer Clubhouse visited the Bay Area business to learn about the process of creating t-shirt designs. The students were grateful to speak with the Design Director of the company who gave invaluable advice and guidance about technique and a career in design. After an incredible tour of the facility, the students were offered to amazing opportunity to silk print their own Sacramento t-shirt designs.
On August 10 -11, Sierra Club Inspiring Connection Outdoor organized an overnight to Pt. Reyes for 14 teens to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches, forests, lush meadows and to learn about the Tule Elk. An overnight trip in a hostel was incredibly exciting for our teens; many of which was their first travel experience. Activities included lounging at the beach, playing soccer, flying kites, creating sand castles, going on hikes and exploring nature. The Banana Slug was a class favorite!
With the school year fast approaching, 19 teens attended a college campus tour of the prestigious Stanford University over the summer. After a tour of the campus, college representatives sat down with our students to review information like how to apply for financial aid, housing and study aboard opportunities to over 10 countries!
The joy I get to see on the faces of our students is what drives me every day. I know that the work we are doing at SFBFS is creating a strong foundation of education and wellness to breed success in the younger generation. I can’t wait to see what next year might have in store!
Submitted by: Aurelia Garcia, Youth Education Manager & Counselor