Thank you to everyone that helped support this class and seminar. It was much needed and received so well by the kids. We knew the class was needed but the kids confirmed that for us in a big way and want more. Coming from teenagers that speaks volumes. Some kids identified, some got a new prospective on the impact of bullying, some decided to become a support for kids being bullied rather than ignoring it. All in all it was a success and we are making plans to do a follow up. The kids have given us feedback as to what they want us to cover. The Elk Lodge did an outstanding job as always and invited us back. They made a point of letting me know how well mannered our kids were (55 of them) and how clean they left the facility. The past presidents alumni were the group doing the cooking of the hamburgers and hot dogs. They welcomed our kids with open arms and then decided to donate the food. It's no secret that the Elks are all about kids and they surely show it on all sides. Our kids had first hand exposure to fabulous role models. Touching on role models Antajj and Tyler from the Rattlers spoke and mingled with kids. The kids loved it and again another positive role model situation happened. Again none of this would be possible without you. This is what needs to happen and you make it happen. Thank you.
Free to Be workshop June 11, 2017, was sponsored by Love House Kids Program with the facility and lunch provided by The Elks Club of Phoenix.
It was a day filled with information and guest presenters for the kids.
The Workshop centered on the future for the kids as they prepare for the world as adults.
Included in the program were topics ranging from relationship building, Careers, learning to live with loss, money management, building self esteem and the angels in our lives.
The kids were polite and interested and were encouraged to ask questions. We thank the wonderful Elks, our angels on earth, who provided a great lunch of all-you-can-eat hamburgers and hotdogs.
Maureen Karpinski did her best as always bringing the presenters' expertise to the kids. Angels were in the room for sure!
Darius Perry motivated the kids with his life's journey and his ideas for moving on into adulthood with realistic positive goals and heartfelt advice.
Kimberly Barr and the other presenters stressed the importance of healthy relationship building, money management and more as the kids move forward after life in their group homes. Rob McCusker was there for us as always taking photos and videos. Thank you to all who attended and presented and donated their time to this special day!