We are honored to announce that our February Charity of the Month is the Youth Connection of Waco!

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The Youth Connection of Waco was established in 1988 and has worked in McLennan County and surrounding communities to help young people overcome obstacle and influence those that are at risk.  All of the programs that the Youth Connection brings are through outlets such as schools, churches and youth groups throughout the community. The program helps preteen through 19 years of age gain life skills and help them reach their goals.  Annually, the Youth Connection hosts the Down on the Bayou, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.  I am a member of the board of directors for the Youth Connection and work closely with my Executive Director to move things forward and get the Youth Connection out there, so that we can reach more kids. I have been honored to be named the Chair of the 2017 Down on the Bayou fundraiser and I am very excited about it. I am determined to make it the BEST one yet. The Youth Connection means a lot to because of the children we reach. These days teen pregnancy rates are high, kids are not graduating from school and so on. I believe in being a part of this movement where I can stand in the gap. I want to do all we can to make sure youngsters don’t make the same mistakes I did. I believe that I am proof that you can do and be anything you want regardless of where you come from with some guidance and support.  The Youth Connection allows me to mentor, bring more children in from off the streets and be the vessel to the youth that the Lord has called me to be.

by Ashley Royal | February 3rd, 2017