December 20, 2016
Ending the Year STRONG
Dear Friends of JOYA,

As 2016 winds down, we are finishing the year STRONG. 

This past weekend, students, parents, and mentors went to Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine to help pack food boxes for OC families in need. The annual food drive, sponsored by the Roosters Foundation of Orange County, allowed students to complete community service hours and work alongside other high school students from the county. 

We'd also like to thank our friends at New York Life for joining us.
Kathy (mentor) and Genesis (student) serving with a smile.

Students prepping food boxes for families in need. 
Nearly 30 volunteers representing JOYA made it to the annual food drive.
Parents and students working shoulder to shoulder on the assembly line.

From a Parent's Perspective
Yadira Barragan, a middle school parent, shared her story of the impact JOYA Scholars has made on her family's life during our recent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  "Having my son in JOYA has been the best experience."  Yadira's son, Chris, has been coming for tutoring and mentoring since the start of eighth grade. 

As the first child in the family, Yadira's desire is that Chris will go to college after graduating from high school."I know if he makes it to a four-year university, my other children will follow in his footsteps. He feels inspired and I can't thank JOYA enough for steering him in the right direction."

Chris getting help in algebra from Andrew, his math tutor.

Chris rooting for his mom before her presentation at our volunteer breakfast.

Yadira sharing the impact JOYA has made on Chris' life since joining the program.
Jorge (tutor) and Carla (Program Coordinator) awarding a Polly's Pies gift certificate to Yadira for sharing her story with volunteers.  

College Application Season
High school seniors, Cristian and Juan, were able to complete over 10 college applications this month.  Thanks to our partnership with Reality Changers, the students received help filling out college applications, financial aid forms (FAFSA), and fine tuning their college essays.  

Reality Changers is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping underserved high school students apply, afford, and thrive in college.  We can't wait to hear what schools Cristian and Juan will soon be attending.
Meet Juan and Cristian, Class of 2021.

Compiling a brag sheet for colleges is part of what our college-bound seniors do.

As you prepare to make plans for 2017, please mark Sunday, April 2nd on your calendars. Our Spring Celebration and Fundraising Banquet will be held at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. 
You will not want to miss this wonderful event!

Lastly, there are only a few more weeks until we wrap up 2016. 
Will you consider making a special year-end gift of $50, $100, $250 or more to help us continue bring greater educational opportunities for students from the Garnet neighborhood? 

Please click on the DONATE button below and learn how you can make your year-end tax-deductible gift online or by mail.  

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous holiday season,

Laura Macias
Executive Director
JOYA Scholars
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  Mailing address: JOYA Scholars
                           P.O. Box 1457
                                    Fullerton, CA 92836