COMMUNITY CARE POP-UP EVENTS: JUNE 2021-
“TOMATO,TOMOTO, TOMORROW”

Written by Mackenzie Hamelin

Youth2 – Youth Helping Youth (www.youthsquared.org) has teamed up Dehn’s Flowers & Gifts (who donated 50 potted plants), Sunnyside Gardens (who donated 50 pots), and Ballston Spa Agway (who donated discounted potting soil) in order to give away 100 potted cherry tomato plants to people in our community.  The underlying support of Stewart’s Shops, with their amazing generosity and funding of our June Community Care Pop-UP Event-“Tomato, Tomoto, Tomorrow!”  has made this possible.  This is Youth2‘s 4th Pop-UP.

Free Cherry Tomato plants will be given away to all interested people on Wednesday, June 2nd, 4-6 pm at the Jefferson Terrace Housing Maintenance Parking Lot- (take right onto Worth Street from Jefferson Street then turn left on the street with the Laundry, go to the end of the building on right, to parking lot entry on the right).  A second Giveaway time will be on Saturday, June 5th, 11:30-1:30 outside the Soup Kitchen on 24 Circular Street.  These Pop-UPs will happen rain or shine and will be COVID-safe pick-ups.

This is a fun way to provide a bit of food to families. It’s always fun to pick off a fresh bright red-orange cherry tomato and pop it into your mouth! Youth2 wants to provide people with fresh cherry tomatoes all summer long!

Youth2 Pop-UPs are a great and fun way to help contribute to a caring community. All of Youth2’s Pop-UPs are the perfect way to give to your community while coming together to make an impact on the lives of other people. 

            Youth2 is an organization based in Saratoga made up of both youth and adults working together to improve the lives of people around the world. Youth2 provides financial support to youth and helps them turn their volunteering ideas into an impactful reality, both locally and globally. To volunteer in your community and make a difference, contact us and we will help you help others!

COMMUNITY CARE POP-UP EVENTS: MAY 2021-
“TOILET PAPER TOWERS”

Written by Olivia Venditti

     Youth2– Youth Helping Youth (www.youthsquared.org) is teaming up with Toilet Paper Trio (toiletpapertrio.com), to jointly host their 3rd Community Care Pop-UP Event-“Toilet Paper Towers”.  Come see how high the toilet paper towers will be as we collect needed toilet paper for Franklin Community Center, Wellspring, Lifeworks/Soup Kitchen and Saratoga Senior Center. Three of these community-serving agencies- Franklin Community Center, Lifeworks/Soup Kitchen and Saratoga Senior Center are food distribution sites and Wellspring helps victims of domestic violence begin new lives.  Even though the days of empty shelves in the grocery store are gone, many people spend money they need for food on increasingly expensive toilet paper. By providing families with toilet paper, we are freeing up money to be used for other important needs such as food, medicine, clothes, and school supplies. 

     You can buy bulk toilet paper at any grocery store and we would be happy for any amount. BJ’s has generously provided Youth2 with a donation gift and a place to buy toilet paper in bulk. They are a great place to purchase toilet paper. The drop-off will take place on Saturday May 22, 2021; 10-1 pm, rain or shine at the outside Wilton Mall Saturday Farmer’s Market. The drop-off will be completely COVID-safe; you don’t even have to leave your car!

     We give a huge shout-out to Stewart’s Shops for their amazing generosity and funding of our Community Care Pop-UPs! 

These Pop-UPs are a great way to have a hands-on effect in your community. People of all ages can participate in this safe, fun, and easy way to give back! Everyone can understand the need for toilet paper, as well as the ways it helps take stress off of families. All of Youth2’s Pop-UPs are the perfect way to give back to your community while coming together to make an impact on the lives of other people. 

      Youth2 is an organization based in Saratoga made up of both youth and adults working together to improve the lives of people around the world. Youth2 provides financial and thoughtful support to youth and helps them turn their volunteering ideas into an impactful reality, both locally and globally. Youth2 is partnering with Toilet Paper Trio, which came into being in the beginning of the pandemic. David Kelley, one of the original members of the Youth2 Advisory Board, founded the Toilet Paper Trio Hiking challenge at the start of the coronavirus to promote exercise/health, love of nature and to support essential workers and those experiencing food insecurity due to COVID 19.  All you need to do is hike, bike, run, walk or paddle three different trails/waterways—solo or with your household family/friends.  Bring along some TP and snap a fun photo.  Then, register to get a commemorative patch and sticker.  It’s $20 to register online (or at the Pop-UP event); 50% of the proceeds are donated to the COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund. To learn more about Youth2 visit https://www.youthsquared.org and to participate in the Toilet Paper Trio Challenge visit https://www.toiletpapertrio.com. To volunteer in your community and make a difference, contact us and we will help you help others! 

COMMUNITY CARE POP-UP EVENTS: APRIL 2021- BUS PASS COLLECTION/TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE

Written by Andre Culpepper-Wehr
Youth– Youth Helping Youth is partnering with Saratoga County Mental Health Youth and Family Services team, Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga, and Life Works Community Action Program (EOC) to provide transportation assistance. This is going to be the second Pop-UP organized by Youth2. This event will provide the community in need with transportation to jobs, doctor appointments, job interviews and other important appointments. 
You can purchase bus passes at your local Price Chopper Customer Service. The Navigator card is $2 and it is $1.30 more for each ride you add.  You can purchase a pass for $3.30 (1 ride), $4.60 (2 rides), 5.90 (3 rides) or any amount you want to donate.
The drop off will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021 4-6pm, rain or shine in the 112 Spring Street parking lot. The entry to the 112 Spring Street parking lot is on Court Street. The drop off is completely COVID-safe – you don’t need to leave your car.   
We give a big shout out to Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Grant, for it is with their generosity and funding that many of the donated materials were purchased. 
These Pop-UP events are hands-on ways to help our community; younger children can be involved in community service, as they can certainly understand the importance of being able to get to places to get food, to go to the doctor, and to be able to go to work.  By caring for our community and having a sense of responsibility towards one another, we can all put our hands together and make an impact. If we engage with each other in different ways, we can open a new door and reveal the many ways that our community can work together to help us all.   
Youth2– Youth Helping Youth is an organization based in Saratoga Springs (under the care of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region) that consists of youth and adults coming together to work towards a brighter future in their community and beyond. Youth2has always been committed to giving financial and thoughtful support to help interested youth turn their unique social action ideas into realities. We review local and global community service grant proposals of youth, offer advice to them about their projects, distribute funds and help to educate the community about volunteer action. Youth learn leadership and philanthropic skills while serving on the Advisory Board. For any further information our website is www.youthsquared.org. Youthis reaching out to community organizations in and around Saratoga Springs who might want a Community Care Pop-UP for their own. You are also invited to creatively think of one that speaks to you.  

COMMUNITY CARE POP-UP EVENTS-MARCH 2021

“Every child deserves a toothbrush of their own”- Youth2’s First Community Care Pop UP Event

Written by youth Advisory Board Member:  Eliza Krackeler

             Youth2– Youth Helping Youth is an organization based in Saratoga Springs (under the care of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region) that consists of youth and adults coming together to work towards a brighter future in their community and beyond. Youth2has always been committed to giving financial and thoughtful support to help interested youth turn their unique social action ideas into realities. We review local and global community service grant proposals of youth, offer advice to them about their projects, distribute funds and help to educate the community about volunteer action. Youth learn leadership and philanthropic skills while serving on the Advisory Board. 

            Youth2is partnering with SNACpack for the first “Pop-UP” to light a beacon of hope in Saratoga Springs. In response to the necessities of the changing times, Youth2 hopes to create pop-ups that will provide the community in need with warm socks, toothbrushes, bus passes, and so much more. Youth2 is reaching out to community organizations in and around Saratoga Springs who might want a Community Care Pop UP for their own. You are also invited to creatively think of one that speaks to you. 

            SNACpack started six years ago to provide children living in food-insecure homes with meals to sustain them over weekends and throughout the summer. The program is currently helping 260 K-12 students in the Saratoga Springs School District, weekly. The bags are packed every week by volunteers and delivered directly to students’ homes, as many students are currently studying virtually or hybrid. SNACpack is a 501(c)3 organization that receives no money from the school district and relies on grants and generous donations from our community. 

The first Pop-UP, organized by Youth2 to help SNACpack, will provide warm socks and toothbrushes for children and teens, ages 6-18. The drop off location is St. Clement’s Church Parking Lot, 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs – look for the sign. The Pop-UP will continue, rain or shine, and will take place on Thursday, March 25th, from 3-5pm. The drop off is completely COVID-safe – you don’t need to leave your car. 

We give a big shout out to Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Grant, for it is with their generosity and funding that many of the donated materials were purchased.

These Pop-UP events are hands-on ways to help our community; younger children can be involved in community service, as they can certainly understand the importance of warm feet and having their own toothbrush.  By caring for our community and having a sense of responsibility towards one another, we can all put our hands together and make an impact. If we engage with each other in different ways, we can open a new door and reveal the many ways that our community can work together to help us all. 

ANNUAL REPORT 2020

Despite the many challenges, we would like to share the highlights of our year. Click here.

OUR BLACK LIVES MATTER STATEMENT

We, the Board of Youth2– Youth Helping Youth, mourn the loss of George Floyd and the sanctioned license to use violence that murdered him.  We share our deepest sympathy with his family, friends, and the global community that witnessed this injustice.

We stand opposed and we reject institutionalized violence and systemic inequities.  We are committed to act in ways to lessen the systemic racism that has caused centuries of death, exploitation, poverty and layers of losses in all communities of color (African-American, Asian-American, Latin-American and Indigenous-American).  We believe that Black Lives Matter. We welcome the current conversation about institutional change spearheaded by the loss of George Floyd.

As a group focusing on teaching philanthropy to youth we are committed to thoroughly examining the ways that we help other people and we want to make sure that the projects that we fund do not promote more avenues of systemic racism.  We want to pay attention to helping others in ways that they want to be helped and in ways that do help both in the short and in the long run. We aim to ensure that the projects we fund promote equity and justice.

We believe in the importance of education- making the invisible visible, learning about how our economy has been built upon racism, and educating ourselves about our own racist beliefs.

We believe in the importance of peaceful demonstration and speaking truth to power.

We value justice, equity and safety for all members of our society.
We believe in the power and the voice of youth.

On behalf of the Advisory Board of Youth2– Youth Helping Youth
Jon & Olivia Brayton, Katelyn Brunet, Cindy Choy, Rayvon Cowan, Amalia & Andre Culpepper-Wehr, Ella Daley, Jean Fei, Maggie Fronk, Jonathan Greene, Eliza Krackeler, Beverly Lazar-Davis, Eva Nagel, Jennifer Ogrodowski, Mira Van Patten, Olivia Venditti.


LESSENING SYSTEMIC RACISM

Youth2– Youth Helping Youth took action by contributing to the following causes:

C.O.C.O.A.- Children of our Community Open to Achievement– an after school enrichment program for at risk youth from Hamilton Hill and Vale Districts of Schenectady County.  It is a mentorship and tutoring program that connects Union College students with underserved youth.  Tele-tutoring and local meals provided by restaurants are provided in response to the educational inequities and due to COVID19.

https://cocoahouseunion.wixsite.com/home?fbclid=IwAR0hTE56DUULymThlN_m9ZQK-vU8Qn3ATtRpMvGpIX_w0PQYycuAmZhF5hQ

The Okra Project– The Okra Project is an American grassroots mutual aid collective that provides support to Black trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people. The organization is based in New York City and was founded by Ianne Fields Stewart. The organization helps to lessen food insecurity and provides culinary training.

https://www.theokraproject.com/

https://twitter.com/TheOkraProject


CALL TO ACTION- YOUTH2 OFFERING GRANT MONEY AND GUIDANCE 

Article written by Amalia Culpepper-Wehr and Eliza Krackeler

Youth2– Youth Helping Youth is a Field of Interest Fund that was created to support and inspire young people in Saratoga County to raise awareness and act on local and global issues that matter to them. Youth2 provides financial support to help passionate youth turn their ideas into realities. This summer, Youth2 hopes to aid kids in the region by continuing our grant program and providing opportunities for youth to help their communities.

Youth in the area may apply for a $500 grant to fund their community service projects. In this time, we are particularly welcoming grant projects that focus on the four main issues that have converged in this difficult time. Projects that seek to lessen the effect of the pandemic, support families in economic crisis, fight systemic racism, and promote environmental action are top priorities in the current moment. If these sound like causes that you or youth you know are interested in, take a look at www.youthsquared.org or call, 518-281-9130, to learn more about this organization and apply for a grant.

Of course, there are many other ways for youth to get involved in the area, and Youth2 encourages kids to participate in other volunteer activities, such as volunteering with the Franklin Community Center to aid families against food insecurity by providing nonperishable food, or donating masks and hand sanitizers. Youth in the area are encouraged to help local organizations, such as collecting donations for Wellspring, creating Cheer Boxes for senior citizens (check with EOC for important items for our elders) through the food delivery system of EOC, help provide more Internet access and equity and helping with the weekly SNACpack Program filling backpacks for kids without food (gro.margorpkcapcansnull@ofni).

If you would like to do something important for your local or world community apply for a grant. Learn about our past grants, and fill out a form of your own to begin making difference in your community. Take this quarantine and transform it into the service project of your dreams!


2020 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNERS

We are pleased to announce the 2020 awards of the “2020 Community Service Incentive Award”. This $500 award is given by Youth2– Youth Helping Youth to only two deserving seniors who have shown exemplary community service during their four years of high school. The award winners were chosen from five local High Schools- Ballston Spa High School, Schuylerville High School, Saratoga Springs High School, The Waldorf School of Saratoga and Saratoga Central Catholic High School.

Morgan Miller, a graduate from Ballston Spa High School, learned many leadership skills gained from volunteer experiences over her high school career. She has received great satisfaction in giving back to her community through her work with young people, building their physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. When faced with a personal struggle with her aunt’s cancer diagnosis, she was creatively able to raise awareness, increase action, and involve other youth in her social action effort, “Kicks Against Cancer Penalty Shootout”. Morgan is beginning her college journey at Nazareth College in the Nursing Program.

Trinity Hogben, is an extraordinary Saratoga Springs High School graduate building extraordinary relationships. Through the program of Best Buddies, she built a friendship and a mutual relationship with Megan, helping her overcome disabilities, while increasing meaningful experiences in both of their lives. She gained many leadership skills as President of Best Buddies; working to fund raise; attending the annual conference; working with international partners; and working steadfastly with Special Olympics. Trinity and Megan together have advanced the “Inclusion Revolution”. Trinity has lived the message, “people are people, no matter their disabilities and should not be defined by their abilities alone.” Trinity is beginning her college career at Siena College. She is interested in the business of non-profits and may just end up working with the Inclusion Revolution as a career choice!

We wish both Morgan and Trinity well on their college journey in this very complicated world.


 SARATOGA SPRINGS BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY 

We can have our voices and presence be known to end systemic racism by attending rallies. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Saratoga March Against Racist and Police Brutality on Sunday- Ciara, Rayvon, Mimi, Eliza, Gail and Ralph, Lezlie, Art and Julie, Katie and perhaps more of you that we didn’t see. It was so hopeful to see 1000 people gather in our community for humanity, for equity, for justice for ALL.


YOUTH2 ‘S Graduation Day Celebration for Amalia and Mimi

Wednesday, June 3rd was a very special day as we celebrated the graduations of Amalia and Mimi.  All of us participating were struck by how these simple gestures of kindness and friendship in the midst of the pandemic and systemic racism are so important.  Met with tears and gratitude both graduates were surprised by our musical (a big thank you to our musicians, Jonathan and Peter) car parade, the good secret work of their mothers and the cards, treats and gifts we all thoughtfully put together.  Due to the high winds at Mimi’s we couldn’t get a good car shot that also had her name on it! It truly means something to be showered in thoughtfulness. Thank you to everyone!


SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBORS AND LESSENING FOOD INSECURITY

The Board of Youth2 made a decision early in the COVID19 pandemic to donate $5000 to the Franklin Community Center enabling them to increase their food purchases to feed our community. Written in their recent newsletter, “No one has been left behind during these uncertain times thanks to a community that has risen up to support us each day. Yes, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of people utilizing our food pantry, but the volume of donations we are receiving has matched it”.

MAKING MASKS: Many people throughout the community have come together to make masks. A special shout out to Ellie and the MoonCatcher Project- as of May 14 th MoonCatcher volunteers have made and deliveredover 16,000 masks. www.mooncatcher.org

Volunteers are still needed to sew masks.

A special shout out to Lezlie Dana (moc.liamgnull@anadeilzel) for beginning the project, “Stitching Face Masks for Saratoga”- Lezlie has made 6 dozen masks for Saratoga Hospital, and sent 4 dozen to Buffalo VA Hospital. She has made an additional 50 personal masks for our community.


We are a Field of Interest fund formed under the guidance of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Youth2 has been created to engage young people to think about issues that they care about and to create volunteer or social action projects for youth and by youth. Youth2 is committed to giving financial and thoughtful organizational support to help interested young people turn their ideas into realities.

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Youth2-Youth Helping Youth Community Service Incentive Award 2020

Community Service Incentive Awards will be awarded to two deserving seniors who have shown exemplary community service during their four years of high school from Saratoga Springs High School, The Waldorf School of Saratoga, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, Ballston Spa High School and Schuylerville High School. The award will be $500 to each winner. The Youth2 Advisory Board will review applications and select the two winners. The due date for applications is Monday, March 2, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Click here for application. 


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