Youth First, of the Washington County Family YMCA, and Creating Avenues for Student Transformation (CAST) will be celebrating the 7th annual Giving from the Heart event on April 8th, 2017 at Southern Hills Church.

Previously hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation, a spring tea is once again planned to support our mission to provide opportunities, services, and education to families in Washington County, Indiana.

CAST and Youth First are local youth serving organizations with the passion to make positive change in our community through various youth enrichment programs. This year’s tea will be hosted by these two organizations, and all proceeds will directly benefit their deserving causes.

CAST is an organization that serves Middle School Students in Washington County.

Currently, CAST offers summer enrichment opportunities for middle school students, and a tutoring and mentoring after school program to Salem students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. Students are bussed from school to the program housed at Southern Hills Church, where they receive homework help from qualified volunteers.

CAST focuses on its mission of encouraging Washington County students to grow into contributing citizens with a lifelong passion for learning. CAST also partners with the Washington County Family YMCA’s Youth First Program to have Rocks Life Skills Curriculum delivered to their participants.

Youth First builds assets in our Youth. Through the many athletic and enrichment programs geared towards youth at the Y, Youth First strives to aid our children in being prepared for bright futures by building their 40 Developmental Assets.

The 40 Developmental Assets, an initiative of the prestigious Search Institute, are a set of skills, experiences, relationships; behaviors that enable our youth to develop into successful and contributing adults.

With the intentions of building assets in Youth, The YMCA and its Youth First initiative strive to fill community voids in these areas to provide youth with the environments, mentors, skills sets, and personal commitment needed to succeed. YMCA Youth First programming has many options to help grow Assets in our youth—from break camps, ROCKs and Jr. Rocks, to the After School Program, Preschool, and Youth Sports and Leagues—there is something for everybody.

“We are so happy to continue offering our important programs thanks to the generous support of our community,” said Cassie Summers-Corp, Executive Director of C.A.S.T. “Every sponsorship and ticket purchase will go to ensure youth in Washington County will receive a safe environment, positive interactions, encouraging relationships, and crucial life skills.”

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will be held on April 8 th at 2pm at Southern Hills Church. Individual tickets are $50, a couple is $90, table of 4 is $175, table of 8 is $330.

Children 12 and under may attend the Kid’s Tea for $5 each. Reservations may be made at the Washington County Family YMCA and are encouraged by March 17 th , 2017. We are also currently accepting sponsors for this event. Sponsors receive media recognition, program mention, and tickets to the event. Sponsorships should be confirmed by March 3 rd , 2017.

Tea and light refreshments will be served at this very special event.

There will be a youth art show featuring young talent from across Washington County. Beautiful local art from Rosanne Quatroke of Art Gives Back will be available for purchase.

Powerful guest speaker and Washington County local, Courtney Henry, will be sharing about the incredible power of giving to change lives through her story of her son, Coleson. This is a one event you won’t want to miss.