Bag it Forward! Thanks New Seasons!     Staff at Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market have voted in Focus on Youth as one of their three Bag it Forward partners. Starting August 10th, customers receiving a 5¢ reusable bag refund can choose to donate their refund to an organization that aligns with their three charitable giving focus areas: hunger relief, environmental conservation and supporting K - 12 schools. Our program, Seeds of Hope will be our Hunger Bag it Forward choice at our Raleigh Hills location. So, when doing your weekly shopping at the Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market - don't forget to donate your nickel bag refund to Focus on Youth and our program Seeds of Hope.

Bag it Forward! Thanks New Seasons!
Staff at Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market have voted in Focus on Youth as one of their three Bag it Forward partners. Starting August 10th, customers receiving a 5¢ reusable bag refund can choose to donate their refund to an organization that aligns with their three charitable giving focus areas: hunger relief, environmental conservation and supporting K – 12 schools. Our program, Seeds of Hope will be our Hunger Bag it Forward choice at our Raleigh Hills location. So, when doing your weekly shopping at the Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market – don’t forget to donate your nickel bag refund to Focus on Youth and our program Seeds of Hope.

Bag it Forward! Thanks New Seasons!     Staff at Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market have voted in Focus on Youth as one of their three Bag it Forward partners. Starting August 10th, customers receiving a 5¢ reusable bag refund can choose to donate their refund to an organization that aligns with their three charitable giving focus areas: hunger relief, environmental conservation and supporting K - 12 schools. Our program, Seeds of Hope will be our Hunger Bag it Forward choice at our Raleigh Hills location. So, when doing your weekly shopping at the Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market - don't forget to donate your nickel bag refund to Focus on Youth and our program Seeds of Hope.

Bag it Forward! Thanks New Seasons!
Staff at Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market have voted in Focus on Youth as one of their three Bag it Forward partners. Starting August 10th, customers receiving a 5¢ reusable bag refund can choose to donate their refund to an organization that aligns with their three charitable giving focus areas: hunger relief, environmental conservation and supporting K – 12 schools. Our program, Seeds of Hope will be our Hunger Bag it Forward choice at our Raleigh Hills location. So, when doing your weekly shopping at the Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market – don’t forget to donate your nickel bag refund to Focus on Youth and our program Seeds of Hope.

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Frame Central in The Pearl has made our day by announcing that they will once again be the lead sponsor for our fundraising auction. Kelly Carver, who was an honorary Co-Chair of the event last year confirmed the store’s intention to provide us with the same high level of support that we enjoyed last year and it would be hard to exaggerate how valuable that support was to us. Mr. Carver has also suggested some very exciting auxiliary support possibilities. We’ll report on those activities as they come closer to fruition. For the record (because we can’t say it too often), the auction is scheduled for September in the beautiful Eliot Center

The New Avenues for Youth kids enjoyed another great photo safari in mid-May. As expected, they found that not all outdoor photography is the same. There’s quite a dramatic difference between photographing the quiet formal beauty of the tulip fields and imaging water pouring out of hillsides and rushing over boulders. And they took to the difference with corresponding excitement.

The great thing about safaris, in general and this one in particular, is that the positive energy – from the rushing water, the kids’ excitement, and the mentors’ response- leaves everybody smiling, exhilarated, and almost exhausted by the time the class is over.  It’s one of the things that keeps the mentors coming back – it’s not just rewarding, often it’s flat-out fun for everybody involved.

We’ve been extremely fortunate this year to have Canon representative Shawn Weishaar join our corps of mentors. Shawn, shown here with one of the great kids from New Avenues for Youth on our Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival safari, has been representing Canon in the Northwest for seven years.

He’s been also been teaching photography classes- including concepts, lighting, printing, and general camera use- in Oregon and Idaho during that time. He’s brought that Canon experience, expertise, and some really great equipment to each of the classes we’ve conducted since he joined us and he’s been a particularly great hit with the New Avenues for Youth kids for his patience and easy unforced respect for them and their capabilities.

There are some really great images of some of the kids from our Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival safari on our Facebook page.

The way the process works is that the kids go out on a photo safari/excursion and then Donna Lee downloads the cameras onto disks. Then we schedule a class where the kids look at their digital images and start work on them on laptops. They learn that sometimes great photos are taken and sometimes great photographs are made. They learn cropping, color manipulation, light balance, grey scale enhancement, and proportion control… and patience, patience, patience.

Thanks to board member Christopher Cabatbat, our IT whiz who’s having a huge impact on our data processing and our level of technological sophistication. This image will begin appearing on our printed materials – starting with the donation forms for our September 29 auction… which, by the way, we’ll begin distributing this month. The QR, shown on the left, will allow anybody with a smart phone (and the proper ap) to scan it and be taken directly to our website. This is a really exciting development. Much, many thanks, Mr. Cabatbat!

 

Over the years I’ve dealt with an number of auctioneers – professional, semi-professional, and amateur (including myself)- but JillMarie Wiles of Beneficial Auction Services (BAS) is unique in my experience with her combination of honesty, professionalism, and generosity. Her donation of almost an hour of her valuable time to advise us on the challenges of getting a good professional auctioneer for our September 29 auction was more valuable to us than it was for her. In a very short period of time she gave us a dozen bullet points of things we’ve done right and things we’ve done wrong but could correct. Thanks to her, our September 29 auction will be, from a preparation and implementation point of view, the best we’ve ever done. Huge thanks to Ms. Wiles!

The Standard, one of the more successful and generous financial institutions in Oregon, has pledged to continue its support of Focus on Youth into 2012. A sponsor of our 2011 Auction, the corporation confirmed this month that it will provide us with a $2500 grant immediately with the possibility of further support later in the year. Our friends who attended the 2011 auction will remember that Bob Speltz, the general media director for The Standard, not only attended the auction, he purchased a work by our student Roman Nachtigal for $1000, which has generated a matching $1000 scholarship for Roman at PCC.

 

 

Michael Shay, the Co-President of the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, contacted us recently to pledge a very welcome $500 donation to Focus on Youth as a token of their support for our work with young people.  Shay, who is part of Polara Studios team of seven creative and innovative photographers, was a donor to our 2011 auction. A number of our mentors, current and past, are members of ASMP and we look forward to an enhanced relationship with the Oregon chapter.