December 2023 - Holiday Gift Card Drive for the NVJDC
CEO had its first holiday event with the honor of hosting a "Chopped" no-bake cooking competition at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center!!
Kids had a wonderful time as they competed in three rounds of cooking competitions and presented their food designs to the judges for review.
Thank you so much to King, Campbell, Poretz, Mitchell Criminal and Civil Law Firm, and Epigen Technology for sponsoring!!
In addition to the wonderful afternoon where the kids were absolutely joyful and excited to participate in the competition, enjoy the music, and sip hot chocolate from the hot cocoa station; thanks to the support of Delegate Alfonso Lopez, CEO was able to present the Center with gift cards that can be provided to the children when they leave the Center and return to their communities. These gift cards buy clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and whatever else children may need as they transition back to their homes.
Thank you to our volunteers who helped to make this a success - Heather Pickens Keppler, Megan Hauber, and Rashmi Pappu! And certainly thank you to our judges, Symone Walker, Sean Sherlock, Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey, Sebastian Norton and Emmanuel Eppie, and CEO Board Member Quimari Mullins!
Recommendations from the "Community in Crisis" panel discussion, sponsored by CEO, helped pave the way for a new "Twelve Step Support Group for Teens" program. More information here (English |Español ).
CYFA Law Day, sponsored by CEO, fostered understanding about the politicization of our first two amendments through interactive community discussion.