March 2015 - eNewsletter
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East Village Youth Program
March 2015

Executive Director 
Stephanie Willding, MPA

High School Program Coordinator 
Nora Frazin

College Program Coordinator 
Julia Gerasimenko

Development & Finance Coordinator
Stephanie Baki

Sunday March 8

A Note from EVYP Executive Director

Dear Friend:

I would first like to thank all of our generous supporters who attended our 4th Annual Evening of Revolution! This event gets better and better every year, and this year was no exception. We have a brief review of the event below for those of you who couldn’t make it.

EVYP was honored to host a visit from the Writers Theatre on Presidents Day for our students. The performance was incredibly moving and touched on several current topics being discussed among the students in our program. We also have a Student Spotlight on one of our sophomore students involved in the JROTC program at Lane Tech.

Finally, we know it’s a little early, but we are buzzing about our Spring Soiree! Maybe we are still reeling from the celebration last year, or perhaps we are just excited to think about spring but regardless, we have some exciting information below about our biggest event all year!

With Gratitude, 

Stephanie Willding, MPA
Executive Director

Evening of Revolution Recap

On February 24 EVYP hosted another successful year at Revolution Brewery for the Fourth Annual Evening of Revolution. We had a great turnout – over 100 guests joined us in the Brewer’s Lounge! Guests enjoyed bottomless Revolution draft beer and appetizers while networking and sharing EVYP tales. All of the proceeds from admission to the event and raffle ticket sales will help to continue making college dreams come true. A sincere thank you to all of our supporters - we appreciate seeing your familiar faces year after year. Check out our Facebook page for photos from the night!

Writers Theatre Visits EVYP!

On Presidents Day our students chose to spend their day off to join EVYP for a visit from Writers Theatre. The one-woman show, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, illustrates the personal transformation of a Chicago student studying the Civil Rights Movement. The production included real interviews, poetry, hip-hop, history and multi-media projections. With students from our freshman, sophomore and junior classes in attendance, the show tied into current program curriculum about leadership, justice and current events. The students enjoyed the production, especially the audience participation aspect! To learn more about the Writers Theatre, check them out here!

Student Spotlight 

Jose Alvarez is a sophomore who has been with EVYP since seventh grade. He has been involved in the JROTC program at Lane Tech College Prep since his freshman year. This year, he was chosen by the commanding officers to be a squad leader. As a squad leader, he is responsible for teaching newer cadets to drill, wear their uniforms correctly and be better leaders. Jose likes JROTC because it gives him an opportunity to meet friends who share his interests and to learn new things every day. Jose is currently applying for City Corps, which would allow him to take a leadership role in JROTC at the citywide level.

Spring Soiree 

EVYP is thrilled to host our Spring Soiree on May 14, 2015 at Galleria Marchetti. Presale tickets will be available on our website and Facebook page starting next month – be on the lookout for the official invitation in your inbox! We hope you will join us in helping to create cultures of achievement among underserved youth and their families. The Spring Soiree will have a raffle, silent and live auctions, appetizers and cocktails. We are also honored to present our Founder’s Award –many more surprises are to come! 
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