Nearly 200 Volunteers to Complete Beautification Projects at Stephen M. White Middle School & STEAM Magnet

Over the past 26 years, Andeavor has worked with over 900 young adults, ages 17-19, to provide job experience and mentorship opportunities. This year, students from Andeavor’s Youth Internship program and Sharefest’s Summer Youth Development Academy (YDA) will collaborate to complete beautification and improvement projects across the campus of Stephen M. White Middle School & STEAM Magnet on Tuesday, July 31.

“This project is reflective of a partnership built around changing lives in the community – it’s great to see representatives of the for-profit and non-profit sectors join together to leave a lasting, positive change on the White Middle School campus and city of Carson,” described Tiffany Rau, Andeavor Director, So. Cal. Government and Public Relations. “We are so proud of all the youth participating in the Andeavor and Sharefest programs for working together and taking the initiative to strengthen our South Bay neighborhoods by serving their community.”

The project activities will transform the look of the school’s quad, blacktop and playground, and an expansive community garden. All projects taking place have been made possible through Andeavor’s funding and commitment to environmental sustainability.

“An important pillar of our YDA programming is service-learning,” said Chad Mayer, Sharefest Executive Director. “We provide students with a tangible experience by mobilizing them into the community to give back. Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to complete these improvement projects, valued at over $75,000, at no cost to the recipient. We are endlessly appreciative of all our supporters who allow us to continue to empower youth and transform communities.”

“Stephen M. White Middle School opened its doors over 60 years ago, and much of the campus is beginning to show its age,” commented Principal Dr. Adaina Brown. “We are excited to have community partners involved in this effort to upgrade our campus, which will not only benefit our students, staff, and adjacent community but the District and City of Carson. We are extremely grateful for the time and resources invested by Andeavor, Sharefest, and the dozens of youth participating in the programs, to benefit our school and community.”White Middle School serves over 1,600 students each year. The School’s STEAM Magnet will be entering its second year in Fall, 2018.

Through 12 years of YDA programming, Sharefest has provided over 3,100 under-resourced students with 21st-century skills, leadership training, and positive role models. A recap of last year’s Summer YDA can be watched by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhNp054jXKQ&frags=pl%2Cwn.

This work would not be possible without the generous support of Sharefest’s Summer YDA sponsors, including California State University Dominguez Hills, Andeavor, the Annenberg Foundation, Arconic, the California Community Foundation, Chick-fil-a, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Green Foundation, His Little Feet, Kaiser Permanente, SIOR, SpaceX, the Weingart Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

San Pedro-based Sharefest Community Development is a public benefit 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization who works in Los Angeles’s neglected neighborhoods to empower youth, transform communities, and deliver hope.

Source: Sharefest Community Development, Inc.


Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility

Tags: beautification, community, development, improvement, nonprofit, partnership, youth


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