NDNU alumnus (and SBM staff member) Jeff Day’s story “Redwood City man recounts impact of Friends for Youth program” was in the San Jose Mercury News. The text of the article follows, with the photo courtesy of a google images search.
Jeff Day, of Redwood City, was the guest speaker at the Friends for Youth 25th annual Peninsula Golf Challenge held Oct. 1 at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park.
Day was matched with mentor Bob Lupient when he first became involved with the Friends for Youth mentoring program in 1996 at age 11. They met each week until Lupient moved to Pleasanton; however they still connect via phone and email and this year, Lupient attended Day’s graduation from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Now 28 years old, Day is enrolled in Notre Dame’s graduate school and working for the university’s business school.
“Bob taught me some basic, important things about how to be a man,” said Day. “He taught me, for example, how to shake hands and make eye contact with my girlfriend’s dad. He also taught me how to hold a golf club.”
More than $65,000 was raised at the tournament that had 90 golfers playing and 125 attending the dinner. The event included an awards dinner, a silent auction, balloon and raffle prizes, and a spirited live auction conducted by host Mitch Juricich, creator and co-host of Hooked On Golf. The proceeds will benefit the Friends for Youth program.
For 33 years, the program has successfully served more than 1,900 at-risk youths, ages 8 to 17, throughout the Peninsula who are referred by various youth professionals. Each youth is matched with a trained, screened volunteer mentor who commits to serving as a positive role model for three hours a week for at least one year. The program has achieved a 90 percent success rate for creating long-term friendships and keeping youths out of trouble.
“Friends for Youth thanks all the golfers, sponsors and other supporters who made the silver anniversary of the Golf Challenge an exceptional success,” wrote Executive Director Becky Cooper by email. “Such generosity allows this organization to continue providing its unparalleled mentoring services to the most struggling youths in our communities.”
Well done, Jeff!