TVIA SD1 Chapter closes 2014 season with Sudanese, looks forward to New Year and events


The SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers In Action held its final event of this season with the Sudanese American Youth Center of San Diego at a “Get Ready For Summer Picnic” that involved food, basketball, crafts and playground games. Held at the Colina del Sol Recreation Center in San Diego, there were plenty of things to do including decorating beach bags that the SAYCSD members will use all summer long.

The SAYCSD is a nonprofit organization which focuses on mentoring and empowering Sudanese youth on how to become successful in the United States, without losing their Sudanese cultural identity and values. Partnering with the teens from TVIA seemed like a natural fit and the teen boys of TVIA held three events this year to exchange friendship and cultural experiences.

Annie Johnson, TVIA SD1 president for 2014-2015 is looking forward to another year of volunteering with this lively group of Sudanese children and teens. “We already have events and dates lined up for more bowling, ‘Minute To Win It’ style game day, and another summer party.”

Johnson also reflected on becoming president for the year ahead.

“I am excited to begin another rewarding year in TVIA. Personally, I am proud to be part of this wonderful group of families. I know I have very big shoes to fill in my new position. However, TVIA is successful because of the dedication of our board members and teen volunteers so I have no doubt that we will achieve our philanthropic goals next year. TVIA SD1 is thrilled to be expanding with the forming of the SD4 Chapter. We can look confidently to the future due to the excellent support and leadership with the newly created National Board of TVIA.” For more information go to