Wonderful Things Happening!
Hello Friends of PRO Youth & Families,

May and June are always such busy times as we wrap up the school year and our fiscal year. We're in the height of grant writing season and with the addition of coordinating our new summer programming at Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative we're running pretty fast! We've had a great year and I wanted to take a minute to share some of what we've been up to. We'd love to answer questions, get you involved in our activities or have you share opportunities with your friends and colleagues. Thanks for your ongoing support!  

Wishing you a wonderful Summer, 

Program News and Updates
Sacramento Works
PRO Youth & Families CEO, Staci Anderson, is a newly appointed Workforce Development Board member sitting on the Sacramento WORKS  Board. The board oversees the Workforce work of Sacramento Employment and Training Agency. To learn more about Sacramento Works Click Here
Spring @ FRCC
Spring @ FRCC was a great success thanks to our fantastic volunteers and the over 500 community members who joined us for the event. Those in attendance had the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities while connecting to resources in the neighborhood.      

A big giant THANK YOU to all of our community partners that helped create such a fun and engaging event. In addition to a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg hunt with 4,000 eggs some highlights include: 
  • 35 Free Eye Exams and 32 recipients of Glasses through VSP Mobile Clinic 
  • Robot Wars with Start Dream Big 
  • Bounce House and Sheriff Vehicle from the Sheriff's Athletic League 
  • Free Snow Cones and Popcorn with HUB and Fruitridge/Stockton DHA Team 
  • JUMP Bike rides with Uber 
  • Yoga with Just Breathe Mindful Movement 
  • Cornhole and Swag Giveaways with Sac-2-Zero (City's electric car initiative) 
  • DIY Trail Mix with Health Education Council 
  • Outside the Walls with a Pop Up Pantry with 900 pounds of Fresh Produce 
  • Face Painting with La Alianza and Team Giving 
  • Art with the Crocker Art Museum Street Team, NAMI Sacramento and PRO Youth and Families
  • Ice Cream from Cornflower Creamery 
  • Connect Four and Barkley the Mascot with Sacramento Tree Foundation 
  • Cal Fresh registration with Alchemist 
  • Gardening and free health check ups with Yisrael Family Farm and California Northstate University School of Medicine 
  • GIANT bubbles with Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP)
  • Games and Felt Activities with Sacramento Public Library (Colonial Heights Library) 
  • Fire Truck from Sacramento Fire Department (Engine 6) 
  • Games with 916 Ink, Black Mother's United, 21 Reasons, South Oak Park Community Association, Psynergy, Sac Panthers and Rock the Block 
SACOG Youth Leadership Academy
PRO is proud to coordinate the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) which is a pilot project that encourages a two-way learning path between youth of the region and Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Through the program, participating youth will gain more in-depth knowledge about local government, planning, and an overall interest in the public sector as a possible career option. The YLA is also an opportunity for SACOG to hear from youth on regional needs and to provide an avenue for more inclusive dialogues.

SACOG's first year Youth Leadership Academy program has exceeded expectations in the beginning stages of its first program cycle (January-June 2019). Leading off the recruitment process with over 60 applications from across the Sacramento region, our final cohort of 35 students were highly motivated and engaged individuals. Through monthly trainings and supplemental independent work, students have been immersed in the policy debates surrounding regional planning while also developing the skills to become impactful community leaders. 

For more information on the SACOG Youth Leadership Programs Click Here
PRO Mock Council Meeting and Graduation

Youth @ City Council is a civic engagement program for Rancho Cordova youth ages 13-18 years old. Youth have an opportunity to make an impact in their community, while networking with Rancho Cordova leaders, gaining leadership skills, and working closely with government officials.

The Y@CC updates: 
  1. 2019 Y@CC cohort is developing 3 proposals
  2. Creating a Youth Commission for Rancho Cordova
  3. Informational presentation on lowering municipal voting age to 16
  4. Creating a mental health check-in policy for Rancho Cordova City Staff
  5. Students in this group are looking to present this to the school board of education as well because they want their district to have a similar model

We are very proud to announce the culmination of our fourth year of Y@CC programing with student presentations and graduation ceremony that was held on Tuesday, June 4th at Rancho Cordova
City Hall.

To listen to an AUDIO of student interviews
Summer Programming
Planning for Summer @ FRCC is in full gear. We have about a dozen organizations already committed to delivering programming for our collaborative summer camp. This includes: Sacramento Native American Health Center, Just Breathe Mindful Yoga, NAMI Sacramento, USA Tennis, 916 Ink, Yisrael Family Farm, PRO Youth and Families, Colonial Heights Library, 6 Players Underground Theater and more! 

Summer programs will be running from July 8th through August 9th Monday through Friday. We hope you will come by for a visit to see all the activities in action.

For more information Click Here
USTA NORCAL Kids Day has invited PRO Youth!
PRO Youth & Families has the opportunity to provide 25 youth with a fun-filled day where they partake in a Tennis festival at San Jose State University. This event was created to give grass root organizations offering youth programs with an opportunity to watch professional tennis and expose youngsters who may not otherwise attend professional matches. WE NEED TRANSPORTATION.

We have received an initial donation of $500 from Buffalo Pizza/Cornflower Creamery and our goal is $1300.00. You can help close the gap by making a donation now through our website with a note "Tennis" in the memo portion.
Or you may send a check to:
PRO Youth & Families /TENNIS
5299 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95841

The date of the event is Monday, July 29, 2019
Please contact Dimitrius Stone:
Phone: 916-576-3300
To download flyer: Click Here
On May 16th we submitted The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) grant application for the California Community Reinvestments Grants (CalCRG) program. Over the next several weeks GO-Biz will evaluate the applications submitted and expects to enter into grant agreements by July 31, 2019.  

Six organizations collaborated to submit proposal for YFC Workforce Navigation Program:
  1. PRO (lead, collaborative program initiative, relationship skills)
  2. Self-Awareness and Recovery; (outreach at prisons, support with reentry, social-emotional workshops targeting formerly at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth and adults)
  3. Pivot Sacramento; (job readiness coaching, job skills, job placement support)
  4. Outside the Walls (anger management, domestic violence prevention, parenting, outreach at prisons, reentry support)
  5. Green Tech (specific job skill training – solar, construction, agriculture);
  6. Neighborhood Innovation Project (Financial literacy, community economic security)
High points of process
  1. Collaborative program design (with support of Professor Sara McClellan's facilitation) – outlined key objectives, deliverables, strengths of each organization to design program plan.
  2. All partners actively engaged in grant process, responding promptly and responding with information requested.
  3. Sara’s guidance helped push us to a new level with grant writing, program design
  4. Helped create a solid foundation for collaborative program design for FRCC; also established a framework for collaborative program design to apply to other projects and opportunities.
  5. All done in 2.5 weeks!
  • We received support letters from State Rep McCarty, County Supervisor Serna, and City Council member Schenirer. In addition we had support letters from South Oak Park Community Association and The Hub – Sacramento Building Healthy Communities.
  • Governor’s office reported receiving 235 applications requesting a total of $84 million. The amount of funds available is $9.6 million. The next grant solicitation is anticipated for early 2020. We can apply again in early 2020 whether we receive funding or not.
  • We applied for $650,000 to cover programming for an 18 month period.
  • Go Biz published a tentative timeline for awards to be granted by July 31 (subject to change depending on volume) and the Grant term of August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021. (It was allowed to spend down money sooner than 24 months).
  • FRCC site was key to pursuing funding – location in target neighborhood; joint-site for collaborative programming; fostering/empowerment of grassroots community organizations.
Leading the YFC Revolution
Youth & Family Collective
PRO is currently leading the Youth & Family Collective (YFC) initiative, which is bringing together nonprofit organizations with partners in business and government to create a new model for serving youth and families.

YFC is working to align and leverage resources and programming, to create a systematic response that address interconnected challenges faced by youth and families in low-opportunity communities and operational challenges faced by nonprofit organizations.

Thank you to all of our donors!
Kanoe Allen, Alan Anderson, Felicia Armelin, James Beckwith, Amanda Blackwood, Sean Boyd,
Nancy Brodovsky, Mark Davis, Cole Forstedt, Karen French, Julie Gallela, Pam Giarrizzo, Michael Koemer, Robert Maynard, Leslie McFadden, Regan Overholt, Lance Parks, Vicki & Bob Plutchok, Joseph Ramos, Erin & Dimitrius Stone, Anne Syer, Carol Voles, David Wechsler Azen and Cynthia & Rob Woods. We appreciate your support!
Volunteer Work Days at FRCC
Volunteers Have Been a Gift to FRCC
Volunteers are the heart of community organizations and have been making a huge impact for us here at FRCC. Our recent volunteer groups have been landscaping, planting trees, cleaning, puttying and painting hallways, classrooms and bathrooms. They have removed old and installed new soap dispensers, bulletin boards, blinds and more! The list goes on and we are so grateful!

Volunteer Work Day Groups:
  • 5 STAR Restoration
  • Sutter Health (twice)
  • California Conservation Corps
  • The Mission Continues (Scheduled to come back July 20, 2019)
  • CHP Academy Cadets
  • The American Planning Association
  • Pride Industries

Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 5000
Estimated Value of Time: $100,000.00

If your organization would like to schedule a community work day at our Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative site please contact Erin Stone:
Each volunteer group receives a thank you poster just like the one below!
FRCC Event Rental
Book Your Next Event at FRCC
We are so happy to be at Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative as the on site management team and invite you to consider the site for your next event.

If you are planning a special event or meeting for business or personal use and need affordable space we hope you will consider FRCC. Fruit Ridge offers indoor and outdoor facilities that accommodate 15 to 1,200 people.
Some of the notable events held at FRCC facilities have included: 

  • CA Surgeon General Listening Session
  • SOPCA Aggie Square Town Hall Meeting
  • Staging for Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block
  • First 5 Community Baby Shower & Resource Fair
  • Sacramento District 5 Neighborhood Assoc. Meetings
  • NAMIWalks Northern California Kickoff Luncheon
  • Ongoing series of Skate Nights by Project Lifelong
For more information, photos and to see rental rates please Click Here
You can also contact Erin Stone:
PRO Staff Poster up at FRCC
Thank You Mandy for the beautiful photography and Cynthia for the poster design!