Celebrating again! Looking out at the 300 smiling faces at the Power of the Purse brought me such joy.
People laughing, chatting, catching up, giving long-overdue hugs, then listening, learning, weeping, and finally resolve.
Resolve to move ahead into the next moment as an advocate and champion for youth. People making an investment in the next generation and joining their tablemates, community members, friends and family in creating opportunity, connection, and empowerment for our youth.
The Power of the Purse highlights the spirit of the community coming together for the greater good and represents how we continue to grow to meet the needs of youth.
As a leader, it has taken persistence over the last 26 years; weathering many challenges but always finding a way to move forward. It has taken creativity, diligence and commitment. And it has taken the work of board members, donors, volunteers and an incredible staff to push the envelope, create stronger programs and systems.
Each program – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE – have evolved over the years to meet the needs of our community. Thank you for joining us as we grow to meet those needs.