Each year, more than 400 students participate in a HOBY California leadership program. These same students later participate in community service projects across the state, utilizing the critical-thinking, project-planning, and decision-making skills they learned at the seminars.
As students work to improve their schools and communities, they’re helping to fulfill HOBY’s mission—to inspire and empower youth to make a positive difference in the community, relying on understanding and effective, compassionate leadership. Along with service projects and other events throughout the year, HOBY California organizes four youth leadership seminars every June at local universities. HOBY is run entirely by volunteers, 95% of whom are recent alumni of the group's leadership seminars.
With hundreds of locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals who deliver a variety of quality dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists is prescreened for a consistent record of excellence and the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a toothstack.
The Ecology Center empowers individuals looking to positively impact the earth at home and throughout the wider community through hands-on learning and a bevy of classes, programs, and speakers. Advocate-level members receive at least a 10% discount on all events, including the upcoming June 4 installment of the Backyard Skills workshop series that teaches participants how to construct a backyard veggie-growing box ($15 for members) and the Green Feast on September 10, with farmers, ranchers, and chefs congregating on the center to serve up hors d’oeuvres and a four-course spread of environmentally friendly delicacies ($180 for members). Keen ears can digest the nuggets of wisdom divulged by representatives from Nike and Patagonia during the summer speaker series along with wine, beer, and light fare ($15 for members). A stylish Ecology Center tote bag accessorizes each membership, perfect for demonstrating environmental sustainability while shopping for groceries or foraging for peppermints before winter’s first frost.
Few things are as satisfying as hearing the swish of a ball hitting a soccer net, except for giving someone else the opportunity to experience that joy. Pass It Forward embodies this ethic with its "buy a ball, donate a ball" program. With every purchase of the organization's eco-friendly, match-quality soccer balls, a similar ball finds its way to an underserved child or community. These balls go around the world, to children in Africa and other underserved areas, and to under-funded clubs in the US. Once properly equipped and on the field, youth can build camaraderie, endurance, teamwork, leadership, and a sense of cultural identity and pride.
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Amanda fled an abusive relationship late one night. Carrying her 16-month-old daughter—still dressed in pajamas—she walked to a gas station to look for help. What she found was Human Options, where she received a safe place to sleep, nutritious food, and personal counseling. Human Options provided her with that help and, according to Amanda, its "incredible staff saved [her] life."
Last year alone, Human Options provided safe haven and counseling to more than 400 abused women and their children. Like Amanda, each person who comes to the shelter first calls the 24-hour hotline. When they arrive at the emergency shelter, they receive their own room and nutritious meals. Families meet with a therapist, case manager, legal advocate, and child therapist twice a week, helping them gain emotional support and form a plan for when they leave the shelter. They also take part in a variety of classes led by certified personnel or outside professionals, including art therapy and budgeting. In addition to emergency services, Human Options provides a one-year transitional housing program to help survivors in their path to becoming self-sufficient.
In 1984, a group of Orange County community members founded Families Forward after realizing they shared the same vision. Their goal: to help support local families in financial crisis with housing, food assistance, and other services that could help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Along with 28 transitional homes to help families dealing with the loss of their homes or eviction from their apartments, Families Forward runs a food pantry that supports more than 7,000 people each year, career workshops, counseling services, and seasonal programs for children. The transitional housing program has helped more than four out of five families served successfully transition from crisis to stability. Once a family's financial status and living situation stabilize, they can return to being independent, productive community residents, which helps kids from such households experience a safe, happy, and secure childhood—accomplishing Families Forward's number-one priority of protecting children.