Young men and women in residential treatment at the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles have a lot to brag about! Phoenix House youth committed to conducting several different service projects throughout the months of March and April 2012 to celebrate the Global Youth Service Day. The projects were created and implemented by nine different teams, and each of these teams worked with a different agency or organization to volunteer their services for the Youth Giveback project.
Phoenix House Youth Giveback Partners
This year, the Phoenix House Youth Giveback partners included: Daphneyland, AIDS Project LA, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works-Office of Beautification, Amigos de los Rios, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, 4GOOD, PATH of Los Angeles, One Incredible Family & Sylmar Neighborhood Partnership.
The student projects included cleaning community facilities, volunteering at the LA Marathon, feeding the homeless, hosting free activity booths for youth at community fairs, making Easter Baskets for youth in need, and helping care for dogs at a Basset Hound dog rescue.
Councilmember Alarcón at the Celebration Ceremony
The Phoenix House Youth Giveback culminated in a Celebration Ceremony event on Saturday, April 21st , 2012. We invited parents and relatives of our youth as well as our partner agencies. The youth displayed their projects in a science fair-like presentation where they had an opportunity to show our guests the projects they worked on. The second part of the event featured stage presentations by each team.
The City of Los Angeles Councilmember Richard Alarcón was the keynote speaker. Councilmember Alarcón spoke to the young audience about the importance of finding something that you are interested in and being active in the community. All of the residents participating in the Youth Giveback were recognized for their service projects and received certificates from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congress Member Brad Sherman, State Senator Alex Padilla, and Councilmember Richard Alarcón. Angelica Ayala, the East Valley Area Director from the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in attendance along with Jose Sandoval from Councilmember Richard Alarcón’s office.
Recognition of Artist Roger Dolin for Metamorphosis Mural
During the ceremony, a recognition plaque was given to artist Roger Dolin for his efforts on the new Metamorphosis mural that adorns the lobby of our Lake View Terrace Facility. You can see the stages of the mural’s creation in our photo album.
Congratulations and thanks to all the youth learning to spend their energy on improving our community!