Improving the Life Chances of Vulnerable Youth
Dear AES Friends and Family,

This is an exciting time for AES! We just hosted two Volunteer Connect events and the Voices of Change: My Reality, My Truth youth showcase. This weekend is our 1st Annual Gala of Giving, and we are gearing up for Giving Tuesday through our Connecting Hearts, Expanding Minds campaign.

I can't wait for you all to meet our Street Team! They are the most dynamic and positive people I have ever met. They truly are the voices of change. If we are going to make a difference, this is the group that will be ready to lead the charge. We hope you are planning to join us at our 1st Annual Gala of Giving. If you are, you will have the chance to meet our Street Team. If not, we invite you to join us at our upcoming events to see them in action. Hope to see you all soon!
- CC Carter, AES Executive Director
Last Day to Get Your Ticket!
TODAY is the last day to get your ticket to AES' 1st Annual Gala of Giving!
Go to - there are only a few tickets left!
Youth Share Their Voices of Change
On October 11th, AES hosted Voices of Change: My Reality, My Truth. This showcase created a space for young people to share their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future. With a mental health focus, youth were empowered to believe in themselves, share their personal stories of resilience, and empower others to do the same.

As shared by Program Coordinator Ana, "mental health is a common issue among young people. The goals of this event were to de-stigmatize mental health and create a space for our youth to feel supported through transformational life experiences. I am very thankful to have experienced such an awesome event that highlighted 9 youth from Sacramento who are using their talents of singing, rapping, dancing, and poetry to amplify their voices, empower others, and create true change within their communities." We are thankful for these young leaders' courage and willingness to share their reality and their truth for the benefit of others. Learn more about this Voices of Change here.
Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors!
Thank You to Our Title Sponsor: Gilbert
As a full-service certified public accountant (CPA) firm that’s been serving Sacramento-area organizations since 1984, Gilbert is committed to giving back to the community that has given it so much. Gilbert organizes and participates in charity events and many members of their team volunteer their time to support local organizations. As a Title Sponsor, Gilbert continues to show its commitment to making Sacramento a better place to live and do business.
Thank You to Our Title Sponsor: Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak
A local financial planning firm for over 30 years, supporting our community is important to Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak . As a Title Sponsor, Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak support AES because they believe that education is the way out of poverty. They also promote optimization of one's talents to make the biggest contribution to this world. As shared by Elfrena Foord, "AES is focusing on empowering youth in education endeavors. We focus on creating clarity and confidence around goals and money so our clients can achieve their highest priorities in life." Together, our efforts are helping to empower our community and help people become the best versions of themselves!
Thank You to Our Friend of Youth Sponsor: Michael Triglia Real Estate
Having grown up in Sacramento, Real Estate Agent Michael Triglia is connected to, and values, our community. Michael believes that it is a privilege and a responsibility for us all to give back to our community. As shared by Michael, "I feel we are all in this together, and we should take every opportunity to support each other and our community." As a Friends of Youth Sponsor, he is investing directly into the lives of young people. He believes young people are the future, and we should encourage and support them, "while helping to remove obstacles that hamper them from achieving their dreams." Michael loves what he does and enjoys assisting both buyers and sellers in achieving their real estate goals.
AES Partners With STAR to Support Youth of Color
Partnering with the Student Transition and Retention (STAR) Center at California State University, Chico, AES brought young people from Sacramento to the university to attend the Men of CHICO conference. As shared by Malcolm McLe more, the Interim Associate Director for the STAR Center and Coordinator of the conference, "We want to provide an opportunity for participants to connect and visualize what is possible for them." And the conference did just that! Street Team Member Aaron said, "It was a welcoming environment. From the music, to the speakers and mentors, everything was empowering and caused me to reflect on my future."
Support our Supporters
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These generous businesses and organizations have donated items for our silent auction. Please support them - as they support and invest in vulnerable youth!
Thank You Bill for Being an AES Heart Hero!
For over 7 years, Bill Dendle has given his time, effort, and love to AES, empowering young people, and fighting for education equity. As shared by Bill, early on "it was clear to me that [AES Founder] Bernie and I were on the same page about the changes that needed to be made in public education, and I thought AES was well-positioned to have a significant effect. I wanted to help, and did all I could." Bill was instrumental in many AES efforts, including producing the documentary “Leading with Heart.” As shared by Bill, the documentary is a compelling story "of how schools can change when leaders create the kind of culture and climate that is needed – one of loving care for all." Thank you Bill for giving selfishly of your time to better our schools and help young people - you are true AES Heart Hero!
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