Hello family and friends,
We hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. Here at SSYO, we have officially wrapped up our awesome summer school season! Our staff, students, and interns have all been basking in the positive vibes and vibrant energy of what we like to call “our happy place.” You see, RISE Summer School is an especially unique program here at SSYO. So much so, that we often refer to it as “our happy place.” What makes it so happy or special you may ask? Well, let's dive into that.
Every year for four weeks in the middle of summer, a highly trained and experienced team of professional Corvallis educators generously choose to come make some magic happen with us here at SSYO. This team of real-life superheroes are the most critical ingredient in the recipe of RISE Summer School. They are our version of The Avengers as far as their passion, hearts, and skills for working with kids. On top of that, RISE Summer School is our strongest funded program, which provides the resources for SSYO to include tons of fun activities in the program on a regular basis. Last but not least, there are the priceless young lives that we adore. These youth absolutely love attending our program over the summer. They can feel that it's more than just another school thing. It's not just a place to be babysat. It's not just people keeping them busy because they're getting paid to do so. These young lives are loved, known, challenged, and invested in here at SSYO by amazingly authentic people who share a genuine desire to “build strong, young lives.”
As always, we as a staff want to say thank you all so very much for your continued support and prayers. It is all of you, the donors, that enable the SSYO magic to happen here at “our happy place” and through every other program here. Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool out there.
Liavaa “Jake” Moevao