Dear Santa Clarita Valley Community,
My name is Jackie Morgan MacDougall. You may know me as the co-founder of SCVMomsBlog.com (later changed to SCV-Family.com). Since launching the site in 2009, I have spent the last few years learning the ins and outs of our community, searching for my place to make a difference.
I found that place — serving on the board of directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project. You, like others in our community, might be saying “Who is the SCV Youth Project?” Well, keep reading and I’ll give you a quick overview as well as my ideas for working together, supporting teens in our valley who so desperately need our help, and even provide you the opportunity to promote your business.
The Youth Project provides free, on-campus counseling (one-on-one and support groups), crisis intervention, outreach and education to junior and high school students (ages 12-18) in the Santa Clarita Valley who are dealing with a range of life-challenging issues ranging from grief/loss, difficult relationships, drugs/alcohol, depression, and peer pressure. SCVYP provides the tools needed to build better communication, increase coping abilities and make healthy decisions, to help teens create a more successful and fulfilling life.
Stats: From October-December, over 200 students benefited from more than 800 hours of service (from direct service: one-on-one counseling or support groups) and more than 1200 students were impacted through outreach and education. Some of the issues we see: depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, STD’s, bullying, grief/loss, family issues, body image, self esteem, cutting, lack of motivation, goal setting, violence in the home or with a boyfriend, neglect/abuse in the home, sexual assault, etc.
The Youth Project is looking to grow our services to reach more kids, on more campuses and eventually expand to the elementary levels. Much like all other non-profits, we need community support and awareness to accomplish this goal. Currently, the Youth Project relies on grants, a few small contracts with the City, and special events. We receive NO government money and lost our contract with the Hart District due to budgetary issues. The lack of contract is NOT an indication of a lack of support from the school district, strictly a financial crisis. We are welcome and supported on all campuses.
How you can help:
– • One time donation …
– • Monthly donation …
– • Multiple Year Commitment
– • Employee Giving Campaigns – let us come and speak to your staff about teen issues, family support, etc – create a matching gift campaign
– •Sponsor an event (our popular 4th annual Cake Event is next up on April 21st)
– • Introduce us to other potential supporters
– • Become a board member
– • Direct us to a foundation your company may be affiliated with
– • Do a fundraising event and assign the Youth Project as a benefactor
– • Put up a jar at your retail business – for your patrons to donate
– • Ask your clients/patrons to add $$ to their tab/bill
We’re happy to work directly with each business to find a way to make this happen. In return, we will also add your business to our Website, Facebook page and have individuals (like me) using this opportunity to sing your praises as a business that has the drive and passion to put our community first. You can comment below with your contact information or call me at 661 600-1667 to discuss further.
If you’re still reading this, thank you! From the bottom of my heart, I am asking you to find a way to help local teens TODAY. We can’t let these services be taken from the hundreds of kids who have the strength to step forward and ask for help, and the determination to create a better life. Please feel free to forward this email on to other local business owners who may be so inclined to make a huge difference in our community.