El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition Treasurer Bob Pedersen, far left, poses with members of YELL (Youth Executive League in the Library), which received a grant to continue its programs at the El Dorado Hills Library. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

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Vision Coalition hands out grants

By From page A3 | September 10, 2014

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition recently awarded more than $16,000 in mini-grants, giving the money to local organizations that empower and reach out to youth.

“You are the partners who are doing the magic and we’re here to help you,” said Vision Coalition Executive Director DJ Peterson as he performed a card trick with Sheriff John D’Agostini. And, yes, he did pick the sheriff’s card — the Jack of Clubs.

Representatives, including youth, from every group on the recipients’ list attended the grant awards ceremony on Aug. 28 at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newly remodeled pavilion. They expressed their thanks and appreciation for the Vision Coalition’s support.

Accepting a $1,000 check for Pleasant Grove Middle School’s Where Everyone Belongs program, Principal Hope Migliaccio said, “It is my hope that we (continue to) develop young leaders like we see here today.”

Grants were given to the following groups:

  • Access El Dorado for a youth video internship and skill development.
  • Assistance League of Sierra Foothills for its Sports Locker program which gives underprivileged children sports equipment and uniforms.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters for the Oak Ridge High School Big Mentors program where teens are trained to mentor younger youth.
  • The El Dorado Hills Branch Library’s Youth Executive League at the Library for the development of a leadership forum, outreach and community service projects.
  • Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference for its programs that empower youth through volunteer-ism and service learning.
  • Marina Village Middle School for its Club Live program where students learn leadership skills and a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.
  • Marina Village Middle School for its Where Everyone Belongs program which trains older students to support new students.
  • Mercy Housing Inc. for its Homework Club that offers peer tutoring and mentoring.
  • National Teen Leadership Program for scholarships for the annual three-day Leadership Conference at CSUS.
  • ORHS Link Crew, Friday Night Live for peer mentoring and anti-alcohol activities.
  • ORHS Point Break, Safe School Ambassadors for anti-bullying, leadership and empathy building activities.
  • ORHS Math Club for its math tutoring program with peer mentors.
  • ORHS for its Safe and Sober Grand Night.
  • Pleasant Grove Middle School for its Where Everyone Belongs program.
  • Rolling Hills Middle School  for its Merits Program which recognizes students who respect school, staff, and fellow students.
  • Safety Center Inc. for its campaign to decrease number of teen accidents due to inexperience, speeding, distractions and substances.
  • Young Life (EDC) for its EDH Wyldlife program which offers leadership training and inclusive, healthy activities.

For more information about the Vision Coalition and the work it does in the community visit edhvisioncoalition.org.

Noel Stack


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