We hope this article finds you in good health & high spirits. As most of you may already know, we’re currently running our very first program since the state of emergency was declared back in March. The program is our 2020 version of RISE Summer School. Despite countless hurdles & challenges, we worked diligently to figure out a safe & healthy way to get kids back in a learning environment. Our Summer School programs have historically been amongst our most successful initiatives. The reasons for this sustained success are many. There’s one ingredient specifically that I truly believe sets, not only this program, but our entire organization apart from other youth focused organizations. That lone reason is the caliber of our staff.
Hello SSYO Family.
I hope this message finds all of you in high spirits and good health. As I look around the world today, I feel all of the tension and conflict that affects us all. Yet I’ve been reminded daily of all that we have to be grateful for.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a year full of unexpected obstacles and surprises for the world. What started as a year full of ambitious plans and dreams has quickly become a halted and frustrating time for many of us!
One month ago, our blog was titled, “Delayed but Still Determined.” That phrase has become integral to the staff here at SSYO during this season of the Covid-19 pandemic. One thing is true for SSYO as much as it is true for all of you reading this: The pandemic has changed the way we operate, but it has not changed who we are. Our mission at SouthSide Youth Outreach is to build strong, young lives so that the community will thrive. That goal remains at the heart of what we do, even now.
It’s a wonder so much can change in such a short time.