Youth and Family Counseling VISTA Writes Grants to Benefit Homeless and At-Risk Children

img_0858-003.pngMiranda Bonilla is a Resource Development VISTA with Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, TX. Youth and Family Counseling provides sliding scale and free services to low-income at-risk youth. She has been busy marketing for the agency’s many upcoming scheduled fundraisers by creating and distributing flyers. She has written and submitted a grant to the Build a Bear Foundation that, if funded, will provide weekly on-site group and individual counseling sessions to homeless and at-risk teens as identified by Journey to Dream and  Kyle’s Place, the county’s first teen homeless shelter. Miranda also found success in the request for funding proposal she submitted in February to the Speedway Children’s Charities. For the first time in recent history, Youth and Family Counseling has been invited to officially apply to this grant. If granted, the funding will benefit the agency’s First Offender and At Risk Kids (FOARK) Program. In a true act of altruism, Miranda held a Facebook birthday fundraiser in honor of her birthday and raised $200 for Youth and Family Counseling.

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Youth and Family Counseling VISTA Creates Mental Health Awareness Post to Increase Engagement

IMG_0858-(003)VISTA Miranda Bonilla is hard at work recruiting volunteers for Youth and Family Counseling (YFC) in Lewisville, TX.  Since YFC is a smaller agency, volunteers make a huge difference. By taking on some of the smaller but necessary tasks around the office, volunteers allow staff members to focus on capacity building, which leads to more funds raised to serve the community. Miranda has also been working on creating fresh content for YFC’s social media. She believes greater social media engagement is an important component of marketing. Getting the word out to the community in an accessible way leads to more awareness about the agency and more clients served. For the month of January, she created the series “31 Days of Mental Health”, in an effort to increase both mental health awareness and audience engagement. Each day, a new tip was posted along with a picture or video relevant to the post. Since the series started, the YFC Facebook page has reached 2,994 people, a 388% increase from December. YFC has also had 813 post engagements, a 359% increase. It is the Agency’s most successful series to date.

April Neal Balances Fundraising and Community Outreach

April Neal TwitterVISTA member, April Neal is serving with Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, TX. The mission of Youth and Family Counseling is to aid the families and children of Denton County, thereby creating healthy and productive individuals, families, and communities which will benefit the quality of life for all. In the month of April, she learned the importance of balance and time management. With good planning, April put together her second DINE- IN Fundraiser where she met a lot of people and potential clients for the agency. At the fundraiser, single moms inquired about counseling services for their children. Some parents also learned that about the free services offered to keep children and families healthy.

April Neal Organizes a Successful Dine-In Fundraiser

April Neal TwitterApril Neal, the Grants and Resource Development VISTA at Youth and Family Counseling coordinated the first dine-in fundraiser of the year at the IHOP restaurant in Lewisville, TX. Everyone had a great time playing board games and purchasing raffle tickets. Over $200 was raised through in-kind donations of gift cards, raffle sales, and the percentage of sales. In addition to the IHOP fundraiser, April went out in the community and met with many great organizations to develop partnerships for the agency’s next major fundraiser a 5K run! April is excited to collaborate with other nonprofits in the community. She also continues to research and write grants to give Youth and Family Counseling the ability to provide free counseling to at-risk youth.

Youth and Family Counseling “Fun’d Nights” Set-up for Next Month

April Neal PreferredAs a resource development and grant writing VISTA with Youth and Family Counseling (YFC) VISTA April Neal has been meeting and collaborating with different restaurants and organizations to set up fundraisers for her agency. She met with three General Managers in the area to set up monthly “Family Fun’d Nights” where YFC invites families and local community members to come out, play games, meet the staff and board of  the agency while raising 15-20 percent of the proceeds. This month, April had the opportunity to confirm two local dine in fundraisers. One will be in March at Lewisville IHOP and the other will be in Denton at Rosa’s Café. April is excited to meet more people in the community and give them information on Youth and Family Counseling. April also sought out in-kind donuts and coffee from both Dunkin Donuts (who LOVE YFC) and Good Morning Donuts. She has launched a new Instagram page for the Lewisville YFC, and hopes to gain followers and spotlight their “get to do’s” through social media.

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As a Resource Development VISTA at Youth and Family Counseling, you will help end poverty by writing grants and developing resources to help keep at-risk children in school and out of the juvenile justice system. Major functions will include researching and submitting a minimum of 4 grants with a total potential outcome of $75,000, enhancing existing fundraising efforts as well as researching and implementing small-scale fundraising opportunities. The VISTA will also recruit volunteers to assist with fundraising efforts. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. The programs developed by the Grants and Resource Development VISTA will endure for years, however the VISTA member will have limited interaction with Youth and Family Counseling clients and will be based in an office setting. Applicants should possess strong written and verbal communication skills.

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VISTA Kem Dwumaah Raises Funds for Counseling Services

Kem 1Youth and Family Counseling’s Resource Development VISTA, Kem Dwumaah, utilized her grant writing talents to secure a $2900 grant from Grande Communications. Funds from this grant will be used to provide counseling services to students who fall outside of Youth and Family Counseling’s current funding areas. In addition, this hard working VISTA secured a $500 product grant with 4Imprint. The agency will be using these funds to order “Tangle Stress Puzzles” which will have the agency’s logo and phone number. The stress puzzles will be used in counseling rooms, as well as a giveaway at marketing events.

VISTA Kem Dwumaah Succeeds at Community Outreach Event

Kem 1VISTA member Kem attended Lewisville ISD’s (LISD) Back to School Fair, where families had the opportunity to receive school supplies, food, clothes and haircuts, in order to prepare for the start of school. This event also offered marketing tables for local businesses and non-profits. Kem manned a marketing table for Youth and Family Counseling at this event. The VISTA member informed parents about YFC’s School Referral Program which provides 6 free sessions of counseling to LISD students that are considered “at-risk” in some way. So many families were interested in the agencies programs that the VISTA ran out of items to hand out about half way through! Luckily another staff member was on the way to relieve the VISTA and brought more items.

Service Opportunity!

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As a Resource Development VISTA at Youth and Family Counseling, you will help end poverty by writing grants and developing resources to help keep at-risk children in school and out of the juvenile justice system. Major functions will include researching and submitting a minimum of 4 grants with a total potential outcome of $75,000, enhancing existing fundraising efforts as well as researching and implementing small-scale fundraising opportunities. The VISTA will also recruit volunteers to assist with fundraising efforts. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. The programs developed by the Grants and Resource Development VISTA will endure for years, however the VISTA member will have limited interaction with Youth and Family Counseling clients and will be based in an office setting. Applicants should possess strong written and verbal communication skills.

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VISTA Member Kem Dwumaah Increases Financial Capacity at Youth and Family Counseling

Kem 1VISTA member Kem Dwumaah has been working diligently to collect silent auction items for Youth and Family Counseling’s Superhero Soiree. For several months, items have slowly trickled in causing great excitement at the agency. Items secured by Kem came to a total estimated value of $3,363. In addition, Youth and Family Counseling has received notice that the United Way Impact Grant submitted by Kem is to be funded at $10,000. The funds will be used to support the agency’s Community Referred Counseling Program, providing scholarship sessions to youth and their family whom cannot afford our lowest fee