C. K. McClatchy High School
3066 Freeport Blvd • Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 264-4401 • Fax 264-4499
Peter Lambert, Principal
Eracleo Guevara, Jim Hays
Dr. Gema Godina Martinez
September 26, 2014
To whom it may concern,
I am writing this letter to attest to not only the skills of Y.E.A.G.A., but to the commitment the organization has maintained to the community as well. I am currently a teacher at C.K. McClatchy High School and the club advisor for the Brown Issues organization. For the past 8 years I have worked with youth from low-income and gang influenced neighborhoods. I have personally witnessed the success and strength that Y.E.A.G.A. has provided to the greater Sacramento area. There are few other organizations that can match the wisdom and support that Y.E.A.G.A. offers.
I first met with representatives of Y.E.A.G.A. during a U.C. Davis conference focusing on the needs of Latino students. It was there that I witnessed the impact that the organization had on the youth in the room. I watched as Paul Brar spoke to the students about the decisions in his life that he regretted and the life lessons he learned while incarcerated. As he presented to the room, students gave their undivided attention and listened intently to every word spoken. Although Paul was a powerful presenter, the workshop was not created for a single individual. Other members from Y.E.A.G.A. stepped up to the challenge and told their personal stories for the group. Students were inspired to hear trials and tribulations, but more importantly were given stories of positive outcomes and life changing experiences. It was truly an uplifting presentation.
After speaking with Y.E.A.G.A., they embraced the idea of working with C.K. McClatchy high school. On April 18th 2014, Brown Issues held a Raza Conference for its students and Y.E.A.G.A. delivered a powerful workshop facilitated by youth that have benefitted from the program, formally incarcerated inmates, and former correctional officers. That workshop soon became the talk of the campus. Every single student that attended stated that it was the best workshop of the day and countless students were overheard in the hallways explaining to their classmates about their experience in the room.
During the Y.E.A.G.A. meetings in Roseville I have personally seen the positive messages and raw truth that the organization provides to young men and women involved in self-destructive lifestyles. This organization does not work for fortune, fame, or even acknowledgement. It is a selfless group that strives to better the lives of everyone that it works with, no matter their situation. It is a much needed force in our most underserved communities and I am proud to work with them.
Florencio Manuel Favela
C.K. McClatchy High School Teacher