May 27, 2022
This week, we wanted to introduce you to a very special "Friend" at Friends of the Children. Meet Leesi! She is professional mentor, Colleen's pup and LOVES to tag along on outings when she can.
Leesi has been able to teach our youth about patience, pet care, and even bring inspiration about potential careers like being a vet. Youth *Hailey has expressed interest in starting a dog walking business over the summer because Leesi has taught her that dogs need lots of attention and exercise.
We have lots of four legged friends at the office and love giving our youth the opportunity to build positive relationships with animals.
May 20, 2022
Youth *Freddy and *Derek have been inseparable lately! They share the love of adventure and are so imaginative. "I have been trying to harbor this friendship as they have similar personality traits" said Friend, Aaron. On a recent outing, the two boys were whispering and Aaron asked, "What are you dudes chatting about?" They said, “We made a pact that we are buddies for life!” Aaron replied with, “That’s so awesome for you two! What a great friendship to have for each of you!” Derek quickly responded “Two? You’re a part of this too Buddy Aaron.”
Aaron, Derek and Freddy never have a hard time figuring out what to do on their outings. They love exploring their surroundings and bonding over silly stories. Derek and Freddy have become so close that they even planned their first sleepover together. We love watching these friendships blossom!
May 6, 2022
Our youth and Friends are really enjoying this warm weather as it gets us excited about Summer. With Summer comes opportunity for camps, adventures, and activities that allow our youth to try new things, find their spark, and bond with their Friend.
Youth *Anthony has shown an interest in tennis lately. After just a few times on the court, he is a real pro! Friend, Corey, is excited to find him a tennis camp and continue to foster Anthony's favorite new sport.
April 29, 2022
Youth *Amanda and Friend Brandi have built their bond over activities like biking and scootering. On their first outing to the Redmond Pump Track, Amanda was a little nervous about navigating the winding course, but with Brandi's encouragement, she went for it!
Recently, Amanda learned how to switch gears on her mountain bike, making it easier for her to climb the hills around the track. "She's always demonstrating the ability to make good and safe choices," said Friend, Brandi. Amanda is continuing to improve her skills every time the two of them visit the pump track or biking trail and share plenty of giggles along the way! Check out our Instagram page for a funny video of Amanda in action!
April 15, 2022
This week we got a chance to hang out with youth *Nicolas and his Friend, Flay. On each outing, the two prioritize working on Nicolas' homework and talk about how the school day went. Once completed, Nicolas and Flay head to The Ranch.
The two were so excited to be able to spend time with other staff that were at the Ranch that day. Program Director, Carolyn, set up some gardening activity stations in preparation for our big garden day coming up. Nicolas was very gentle and concentrated as he planted each starter. "From a school setting to the Ranch, we're really able to cultivate a sense of belonging through more than just Mentors/Friends" said Flay.
They also got to partake in Easter activities. From dying eggs to walking in the woods for an Easter egg hunt, the group shared lots of laughs and memories. *Youth name changed to protect family's privacy
April 8, 2022
We are so excited that warmer weather is here! Friend Corey gathered three of his youth for a fun group outing this past week. After an afternoon at the park with games and laughs galore, the boys were ready for a meal.
Figuring out what to eat was easy considering it was the perfect weather for a BBQ. Everyone helped Corey cook up some delicious burgers and the group enjoyed a relaxing evening soaking up the sun.
Group outings create an opportunity for youth to work on Core Assets like Positive Relationship Building and Belonging. It has been a tremendous joy watching relationships blossom between the youth in our program and we are excited for future opportunities to gather together.
April 1, 2022
Youth *Fiona is a huge animal lover. Since introducing Friona to Three Rivers Humane Society, she and her mentor, Colleen, have visited on successive outings. This past week, Fiona gathered dog coats, sweaters and accessories from her grandma with her two favorite pooches in mind. She brought a whole bag full, with a personalized note for the pups. She has built relationships with animals and staff alike, and wants the Humane Society to be her first job!
*Youth name changed to protect family's privacy
March 30, 2022
Artist Lisa Marie Sipe Supports Friends of the Children Central Oregon
Lisa Marie Sipe, a talented artist and advocate of Friends of the Children Central Oregon, is graciously donating 25% of sales in her latest art installation. Lisa draws inspiration from nature and describes her art as "delicate yet resilient". We are in awe of her work and are so grateful for her dedication in spreading the word of Friends-Central Oregon through her passions. You can view and purchase items in her collection at the link below. Thank you, Lisa!
March 16, 2022
Volunteer with Friends of the Children Central Oregon on May 7th
Come volunteer with us on May 7th from 10am to 2pm (lunch provided) and help make our forever home, The Ranch, a usable space for program youth. We need assistance with projects such as organizing, lifting/moving, clean up and handywork. Please email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.