It's hard to believe, but we just ended our 2014-2015 school year programs and we are eagerly awaiting implementation of next year’s new and improved activities for our youth. Thanks to your generous support and donations we awarded $16, 000 to 15 students during College Orientation Night held June 5, 2015. Please encourage area teens and parents you know to visit our Web site at reclaimayouth.org.
A very generous gift of $500 from Glenwood’s Lions Club, was presented at our recent College Orientation Night by Mayor Ron Gardiner.
On June 18, 2015, sixteen new volunteers attended Ray’s Volunteers Workshop.
We are experiencing exciting times here at RAY of Illinois. Tomorrow June 23, 2015, we will say Bon Voyage to our Ambassador Deborah Birmingham as she embarks on her journey to meet members of The Royal Family in England.
I'm proud to share with you a momentous accomplishment of our teens and facilitators and one of the ways RAY continues to keep youth safe through opportunities to develop their gifts and talents. Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provided a play and dinner entitled “Yes We Can” at the Glenwoodie Golf Banquet Room on April 10, 2015. We'd like to thank all who attended in support of Glenwood's world-class teens.
RAY was highlighted in Forbes Magazine December 2014, article Giving Tuesday (2): Three Great Picks, Post-Ferguson, Post - Partisan.
We celebrated 23 years of serving youth at our huge Gala November 8, 2014 which proved to be one of our most successful galas ever. Close to 500 guests spent an incredible evening at The Serbian Social Center. The Outstanding Humanitarian Awardees were: Curtis Granderson, New York Mets and Donovan McNabb, Retired NFL Quarterback, Fox-TV Analyst.
This year's RAY/JAY BLOOM’S YOUTH PROGRAM was an outstanding event. The seven week program was attended by 35 wide-eyed -eager teens clued to their seats in absolute attention as Dr. J. Streeter’s shared a variety of impassioned stories of his personal experiences that related to issues that plaque teens today.
RAY of Illinois gives thanks to SKY the NWBA for providing such prestigious and exciting opportunities for our teens to have exposure to such a wonderful team sport.
New RAY of Illinois Programs
We have new and stimulating activities planned for our summer events. I am delighted that through generous funds and donated equipment our events for the summer will include the following activities:
The Building Bridges Program, Tennis Lessons, and Drama classes.
My heart throbs when I look around and see the many accomplishments of our teens. I sincerely want you to know how excited and encouraged I am by the choices I see them making.
On behalf of all youth, past and present, RAY of Illinois says, thank you for your support.