Teen Volunteers in Action welcomes new year and Sudanese American Youth Center founder



The founding SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action held its yearly “Kick-Off” event on Sept. 8 at the Encinitas Community Center. The event marked the beginning of the organization’s 13th year of service to the San Diego community.

Annie Johnson, VP of philanthropy, is looking forward to an exciting year with the generous TVIA families.

“We have our many returning philanthropies, such as Saint Vincent De Paul, The Community Resource Center, The Herrick Center and San Elijo Lagoon, as well as an exciting new event, ArtWalk San Diego,” Johnson said

2013-2014 Chapter President, Susan Lyon, stated, “I love that now there’s increasing scientific evidence to back up the fact that service, helping others, actually makes people happy. That’s always been true for our family, so I look forward to another year of involvement in the community while hopefully inspiring some of the teens to continue their service into college and adulthood.”

This year’s Kick-Off event included an inspiring presentation by Wai John Wai, the founder of the Sudanese American Youth Center in San Diego, a nonprofit organization based in the San Diego area focusing on mentoring Sudanese youth on how to become successful in the United States and still maintain the Sudanese cultural identity and value.

TVIA families also held a donation collection for the North County Solutions for Change Holiday Party that included gift cards, calendars, CDs, DVDs, movie tickets, and personal items. Members celebrated last year’s total of over 2,500 teen service hours.

Serving the north coastal communities of Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas and Carlsbad, Teen Volunteers in Action is an organization of young men, grades 7-12, committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal growth.

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