The Transitional Aged Youth Service Alliance (TAYSA) is a collaborative programming project between Mentor Me, The Salvation Army (Petaluma Corps), Petaluma People Services Center and Petaluma City Schools. In addition, there will be help from community partners such as the Leadership Petaluma Class of 2018, The Petaluma Service Alliance and Rebuilding Together to create a mini-Cavanagh Rec Center on the East Side of town. This center will be in the part of The Salvation Army Church that would have a focus on the older teens and transitional aged youth (ages 16-24), primarily those who are frequently homeless, unemployed and/or out of school. Many of these "kids" are drug involved and have mental health issues.
This center will collectively address basic needs such as food, clothing and housing, and move to mental and physical health needs with counseling and treatment plans, and then focus on education and employment.
The Leadership Petaluma class of 2018 will be the lead on the Community Center portion of this project which includes the large community room and three offices to be used for mentoring, counseling, case management and registration. They will also assume responsibility for the façade of the Center making sure it is a clean, well-lit and inviting place to come. The Leadership class is looking for monetary and in-kind donations to help them create this vision.
Here is an overview of each room with samples of how you can help the project.
Community Room: The Community Room will have several areas designated for certain things with open tables and seating in the middle. Areas are as follows:
The Café: Need cabinets, mini-fridge, coffee maker and supplies, hot water kettle that plugs in for tea.
mugs, coffee and tea.
The Lounge: Needs a TV screen to hang on wall, couch, chair and ottoman, coffee table, end table, area
The Study and Library: Needs cubicles for three computer stations with phone charging capability.
Book shelves, locking storage cabinet for school and office supplies.
Whole room needs framed art posters, maybe inspirational or motivational images and words.
Registration and Mentoring Room: This room needs a desk and file cabinet and basic administrative space for registration of program participants. It should have a small table with two chairs, an area rug and a small cozy chair with ottoman, end table, shelving for games. Art for walls.
Center Family Room: This room needs a table and chairs for at least 6 people. Art for walls. White
Board and bulletin board? If room, a pair of small cozy chairs with end table and lamp. Area rug. Art for walls.
Counseling Room: Desk, file cabinet. Locking cabinet for supplies,
and all things for administrative area. Small sofa, or two cozy chairs, end table, area rug, art for walls,
Link to the Petaluma Argus Courier article about the overall Transitional Aged Youth Service Alliance project: Petaluma Argus-Courier article
If you have any questions or have an in-lind donation, please contact Mike Harris, class member of the Leadership Petaluma 2018 class, at [phone redacted] or e-mail him at [email redacted].
If you want to support their cause monetarily, please donate to the GoFundMe campaign.
Leadership Petaluma, is a program of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, more than two dozen men and women graduate from the 10-month long Leadership Petaluma program. Ten graduating classes have introduced tomorrow's leaders to the community, and many of these graduates have gone on to important positions of leadership in our community, in business, government, and non-profits. This year the current class will follow in the tradition of more than 400 Leadership alums. To learn more about this program with the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, go to: Leadership Petaluma program details
You can watch the Leadership Petaluma's progress throughout the year on their Facebook page at: Leadership Petaluma Facebook page
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