Annual Gala Less Than Five Weeks Away
Youth In Need will honor Emerson, the first-ever corporate honoree, along with Board member Jon Lottes and his wife Cara at this year’s Celebration of Youth on March 16, 2019, at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Emerson presents the 32nd annual Celebration of Youth gala and auction sponsored by Centene Charitable Foundation.
Help us celebrate!
- Sponsor the event at a wide range of levels from $500 to $10,000.
- Donate goods or services to the event’s silent and live auctions.
- Advertise in the event program that is distributed to more than 500 guests.
- Purchase a table or individual tickets to attend the event.
- Contribute a monetary donation to help underwrite event expenses.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
I recently had the great privilege of visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., built on the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. It was very moving and inspiring to learn more about the tremendous selfless sacrifices that were made by so many to advance civil rights for people of color in the United States. It was also very sobering to see very starkly both how far we have come as a nation and how much work remains to fulfill the dreams of Dr. King and so many others.
Our work at Youth In Need is necessarily about racial equity. Why? Because the issues that our programs strive to address—poverty and homelessless, just to name two—don’t occur randomly. They disproportionately impact people of color as well as other marginalized populations.
When we are not consciously addressing racial equity, we are often subconsciously replicating racism. As we celebrate and honor the people of color who dedicated their lives to racial equality, let us consider how we can work for equity and justice in our corner of the world.
“Racial Equity: A state in which a person’s life outcomes cannot be predicted by race. When our regional systems (education, housing, healthcare, jobs, transportation and more) work well for all people so that disparities are closed and all residents, regardless of their race and zip code, have justice and the opportunity to thrive.” —Forward Through Ferguson
Head Start Parents Attend National Conference
Youth In Need sent one Family Advocate and three Policy Council parents to the National Head Start Association Parent and Family Engagement Conference in Orlando in December. The conference is the only national event that focuses on how Head Start parents, families and staff can best partner to promote both family engagement and children’s development. Exposing a wide range of new resources and thinking, the conference focused on the topic of young children’s challenging behaviors and how Head Start programs can address the wellness needs of children, families and staff.
Martinez Family Furnishes Apartment
Steve and Kathy Martinez, owners of St. Peters Academy of Dance, helped “launch” two youth who “graduated” from Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) recently. Their donations of beds, sheets, furniture, cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies and more helped the youth get settled in their new living spaces. The Martinez family has been a long-time supporter of Youth In Need and its TLP program for generations. Frank and Charline Martinez, Steve’s parents, donated the first TLP group home after volunteering with the program for many years. Their photo hangs in the kitchen of the current TLP home, reminding residents about the importance of planting roots so they can thrive.