Volunteers Keep Kids Engaged this Fall at Hathaway-Sycamores

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in News | 0 comments

October has been filled with some wonderful volunteer activities for our youth, including game-themed events at El Nido campus and fun, learning opportunities at our Highland Park Family Resource Center.

It’s been fun and games at our El Nido campus this month!

Back to School Fun Fall Event at Hathaway-Sycamores

Our phenomenal Los Altos Auxiliary support group recently hosted their first event of the school year for our youth. The “Back to School Fun Fall Event” included a Video Game Truck, Taco Truck, and homemade cupcakes and cookies baked by Los Altos members.

BINGO night at Hathaway-Sycamores.

It was BINGO night with the dedicated volunteers of Las Candelas. The group served BBQ to the boys and made it a lighthearted night of bonding over a good old-fashioned bingo game, with some great prizes on hand for the winners.

Hathaway-Sycamores youth enjoy basketball and playoff baseball.

Our board member and volunteer mentor Stan Guo has also been hosting a weekly basketball clinic for the youth which keeps them active after school. He recently took a group of youth to the Dodgers NLDS playoffs where they had the opportunity to be part of LA’s historical journey to the 2018 World Series.

FosterAll hosts Game Night at Hathaway-Sycamores.

And, organization FosterAll collaborated with Pasadena Church to put on a Game Night for the record books! Forty-three volunteers came together to organize the event, complete with ice cream sundaes, a Jenga station, a ping-pong table for rounds of Around the World, and 3 on 3 basketball on El Nido’s court. It was a blast for all involved.

Volunteer group EunityTree visits Hathaway-Sycamores.

Meanwhile, at our Highland Park Family Resource Center, youth attending the Learning Lab have had the opportunity for fun, educational Saturday activities to round out the week. Regular workshops include gardening, and college prep sessions for the older youth. Also in rotation are special activities inviting outside volunteers to share and expose young participants to a variety of learning opportunities. Recently, we hosted UCLA Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Levin who is part of volunteer group EunityTree. He spent time with some of our students from the Learning Lab, presenting about his career and some of his passions, which include film. Students had the chance to watch The Secret Life of Pets, paying close attention to the different themes and messages being depicted in the animated film. Dr. Levin and the students then drew their favorite character that embodied the message they enjoyed most from the film (i.e. friendship, forgiveness, unity). The children enjoyed yummy treats and were able to test their artistic abilities! Our new volunteer partnership with EunityTree will bring working professionals to our campuses with the goal to expose youth to different career paths through hobbies that the professionals enjoy doing such as art, sports, music, design and more.

Volunteers at Hathaway-Sycamores.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for their continued efforts to support our consumers!

For more information about how you can get involved and give back at Hathaway-Sycamores as a volunteer, email Assistant Director of Volunteer and Donor Relations, Stephanie Barreiro .

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