July 2014                                                                                     eNewsletter   Issue No. 15


Here at YES our cups have been full this summer helping youth get outdoors to experience the magic of camp. Camp is all about outdoor summer fun and we'd be remiss if we didn't pass along a few updates and tell you about a chance to continue the festivities with Rock in the Redwoods on September 6th. We hope you can join us!

Eric Aaholm, Executive Director 
Rock in the Redwoods - Save the Date for 9/6

Join YES and local band, Little Marvin and the Gardeners (LMG) on 9/6, for an evening of high energy rock and roll and familiar dance covers at Coventry Grove, a 250-seat amphitheater surrounded by Redwoods in the heart of Kensington.


Tickets are $40 in advance for adults and $20 for kids. Included in the cost is a free dinner provided by Venga Paella and desserts by Richmond's own Rubicon Bakery. All ticket, t-shirt, beer & wine sales will go to support YES camp and community programs.


For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, please visit 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to support your favorite nonprofit and get your groove on at one of the most magical concert venues in the Bay Area! Thank you to Marvin Gardens' Todd Hodson and the following sponsors:
YOU made the YES Dinner a success!


Thanks to YOU, our donors and community supporters, YES' anniversary celebration was a shining success! With your help we reached our goal of raising $12,500 to take advantage of a 2:1 challenge matching grant opportunity put forward by the Chamberlin Family Foundation, and a long-time anonymous YES donor.  
With your help, the contributions raised at the dinner and the following week allowed us to reach our financial goal to provide camperships to 300 deserving YES youth this summer. Thank you for helping us rise to the occasion. For event photos, click here.
Fill'er Up!  Hydration Station Ribbon Cutting
Richmond Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin, cuts the ribbon on the new hydration station at the Richmond Recreation Complex.


As part of the "Be Smarter, Drink Water" Campaign, YES organized the July 9th ribbon cutting ceremony for a hydration station installation at the Richmond Recreation Complex located at 3230 Macdonald Ave 


Be Smarter, Drink Water is a community-driven project between YES, the City of Richmond and Contra Costa Health Services. The purpose of the campaign is to build health equity in Richmond by providing education about 1) local water systems and sources; 2) the health benefits of increased water consumption; 3) the negative effects of regular sugar sweetened beverage intake; and 4) the advantages of tap water over plastic bottles for your wallet and the environment.


YES staff and Wellness Navigators have been instrumental in providing this education at four Richmond public schools, the YES spring family camps, and numerous Richmond community events. In addition to the education campaign, a total of 9 hydration stations, with a fountain and stream dispenser for bottles, will be installed at schools and community centers across Richmond. 



"What I liked best about my camp friends is that they were cool and they never put me down."


- YES summer camper


For more information about enrolling a child in YES Summer Camps, please contact Blanca Hernandez at blanca@yesfamilies.org

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