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Donate to Young & Healthy’s Annual Appeal

During this season of giving, we hope you will remember Young & Healthy and the children we serve.  Your year-end gift can make it possible for a child to have a pair of glasses to see the chalk board at school.  Or it could mean that a child can get the asthma medication he needs to control his wheezing.  There are so many situations like these and Young & Healthy can continue to help these children…Now & Always…but only with your help!


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Season’s Greetings,

Let us introduce you to Marco, a particularly bright young boy, especially in math.  It is no surprise that Marco was invited to participate in an accelerated math program at his school.  School staff and volunteers knew, however, that Marco faced some challenges at home, such as no access to the internet or a telephone.  In spite of those obstacles to learning, Marco was thriving—a least for a while.

Over time, several adults around Marco noticed that he was not keeping up and seemed to struggle more and more with his school work.  An alert teacher noticed that he was squinting a lot.  Thinking it might be a vision issue, Marco was referred to the school nurse. The nurse checked Marco’s vision and also the vision of his siblings.  All of the children had vision issues that warranted a call to Young & Healthy.  A consultation with an optometrist promptly resulted in the need for glasses for all three children.  With the help of teachers, Young & Healthy and volunteer professionals working together, we were able to actively say “YES” to Marco and his siblings’ needs.

Young & Healthy continues to say “YES” every day by providing needed medical, dental and mental health services via our professional volunteers and by providing the education necessary for families to be their own health advocates.  But, we need you to also say “YES,” such that we can be there for our children needing healthcare…Now & Always.  Together, we can make a difference for so many and bring overall wellness to our families.  Our work of empathy and sensitivity comes in the form of:

  • Eyeglasses so that a child is able to do his homework and focus in the classroom
  • Trauma Informed Care training for the teachers and leaders at our schools
  • Asthma medication for a child who has a tough time breathing
  • A referral to a dentist to fill painful cavities

Collectively, we have the opportunity to say “YES” and bring hope to kids who need help.  It is our hope that you will join us in embracing care for the whole child and in continuing to serve the underserved in order to strengthen our community overall.  Can we count on you to say “YES”?

Thank you for your generosity,

Jason Lyon                                                                        Mary Donnelly-Crocker

Young & Healthy Board President                               Executive Director


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NEW Young & Healthy Holiday Cards

Give the gift of health this holiday season with Young & Healthy’s NEW holiday cards…a compassionate way to show your support for a child in need.  We offer 4 beautiful 5 x 7 child photo cards (see photos, below) which are blank inside for your personal message and include the Young & Healthy mission statement on the back and come with white envelopes.  Cards are $1 each OR you may wish to give an alternative gift to friends or family by making a donation.  Donations in any amount are welcome and we can give you an insert for each gift, representing either medication, eyeglasses, dental care, or trauma informed care.  Please contact Teresa or Jan at Young & Healthy at 626-795-5166 or by email at or




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“Young & Healthy…Now & Always” was a Success!

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who joined us at our new office space on Peoria Street for our fall fundraising event, “Young & Healthy…Now & Always”.  We had a great turnout for the event on Sunday, October 1 and had the opportunity to share with our guests all that Young & Healthy has been up to recently in the community.  Trauma Informed Care was highlighted as one of our newer focus areas and our Kids Alliance members assisted after the program with tours of the new office facility.  It was an informative and interactive afternoon for all.  If you missed it, it is not too late to make a donation to Young & Healthy so that we may continue to provide healthcare to children of our community…Now & Always!

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Young & Healthy Invites You to a Screening of PAPER TIGERS

The Young & Healthy Alliance invites you for pizza and the screening of a special documentary film that tells the story of how one school used a trauma-informed approach to change students’ lives.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

at Young & Healthy
136 W. Peoria Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Pizza Dinner at 5:30 pm, Screening will begin at 5:45 pm

“Paper Tigers is a moving and profoundly important film that offers critical insights into one of the most widespread educational and health challenges in American society. It should be mandatory viewing for teachers and principals across the country, and anyone who works with vulnerable youth” said David Bornstein, New York Times author and Co-Founder of The Solutions Journalism Network.  The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. After radically changing its approach to disciplining its students, Lincoln High School saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of ongoing trauma-informed educational strategies.  Told with intimate verite and diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving:  that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.