Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference
The Hands4Hope Youth Board's primary objective is to use the service learning model to show and teach their peers how they can make a difference in their communities.
Led by the Youth Executive Committee and mentored by Hands4Hope's Education team, the Youth Board is made up of the President and Vice President of our seven high school Hands4Hope Clubs, as well as the Chair for each of our nine After-School Committees and one Middle School Club Representative. The role of the Youth Board is provide a youth voice and perspective to the Hands4Hope Education and Community Engagement Programs. They give input on issues and ideas brought to them by the Parent Advisory Council; share Club and Committee successes and challenges; collaborate on activities; and plan team builds, leadership camps and workshops. The Youth Board also collaborates to plan and host one annual fundraiser to benefit another local nonprofit and the Hands4Hope Education Program.
Mishti Shah - President
Chloe Diess - Vice President
Mia George -Treasurer
Navy Morrison - Secretary
Lily Hinkle - Public Relations Coordinator
Tarika Kahlon - El Dorado Hills Community Engagement Ambassador
Evan Suneson - Folsom Community Engagement Ambassador
Sarahi Lopez-Pliego - Placerville Community Engagement Ambassador
President, Marketing Committee, Chair of Marketing and Communications for Fall Festival, Vice President of Sunshine4Seniors
My major focus is to empower and engage more young people in the community, while providing opportunities for skill development and fostering inclusivity.
Treasurer & Folsom High School Club Vice President
My goal is to assist other youth to develop effective listening and speaking skills so they can communicate clearly and build strong social relationships.
Public Relations Coordinator, Vice President of Ponderosa High School Club
I hope to help other youth in the community develop leadership skills and help them become comfortable in the setting(s) they’re in.
Folsom Community Engagement Ambassador & RCH Scholarship Committee Chair
I hope to inspire other youth to take action in their community and help them become strong and caring leaders.
Vice President, Union Mine Club President & School Supply Drive Chair
My goal is to foster the development and learning of all youth while using what we learn to make a difference in our community.
Secretary, ASPIRE Outfitters co-chair & Oak Ridge Inspire Club Vice President
I am driven by an understanding that there are people in need everywhere and a goal to always be the person to help.
El Dorado Hills Community Engagement Ambassador & Concessions manager for the Kids Zone Committee
I hope to promote confidence amongst youth to take action and build up workplace skill sets.
Placerville Community Engagement Ambassador & El Dorado High School Club President
I want to motivate and help youth reach their goals while making an impact in my community.
Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference
Youth Board Projects
The Hands4Hope-Youth Making A Difference Youth Board will host the family friendly Hands4Hope Youth Wellness Expo-Say Welcome to Wellness! on April 23rd, 2023 at the Serrano Village Green. The proceeds will benefit the local organization JJ's Hello Foundation and the Hands4Hope- Youth Making A Difference Education Program.
The mission of JJ's Hello Foundation is to prevent youth suicide, promote mental health awareness, and create a message of hope for pre-teens, teens, and young adults in our community. The goal for this event is to raise $2,000 from sponsorships to help create Youth Mental Health Kits and spread awareness about this organization. In addition, the Youth Board wants to connect more youth and families to local resources for wellness.
Welcome to Wellness
JJ's Hello Foundation
The proceeds Welcome to Wellness will benefit the local organization JJ's Hello Foundation and the Hands4Hope- Youth Making A Difference Education Program.
As part of JJ's mission JJ's Hello Foundation they promote mental health awareness, and create a message of hope for pre-teens, teens, and young adults in our community. One way they achieve this is by creating wellness boxes which include a journal with custom daily check-in prompts.
"Journaling improves mental health and allows for stress relief, because it can provide a safe space to unload your pent-up thoughts and feelings," says Dr. Carla Manly, a clinical psychologist based in Sonoma County, California. "In general, whether it's after a therapy session or just after a long day, it is a safe space just to put everything out there and close it up."
Dine with Austin 2022
Walk with Austin's All Abilities Park Project
Dine with Austin, Hands4Hope’s Youth Board Annual Spring Fundraising Event was held on April 2, 2022. Dine with Austin benefited Walk with Austin and the Hands4Hope Education Program. This family friendly event had a dinner, dessert dash, and raffle with entertainment provided by local youth. The event in total raised $7,100 for Walk with Austin and the Hands4Hope Education Program.