Our numbers show just how effective our programs are!
Taken from the 2016/2017 end of year survey.
What proteges say about Mentoring:
The best part of mentoring is: “Being able to talk about how you feel to someone trustworthy and you get to have fun.”
“I would recommend this to a friend because it brings everyone together.”
“Without FNL, I would never have met the friends I have now.”
“Being able to speak up and talk.”
Without mentoring: “I wouldn’t have had a mentor and gotten to know more about high school.”
“Mentoring was amazing.”
What mentors say about mentoring
“The best part is getting to connect with somebody you normally wouldn’t and try to become part of their life and somebody they can trust. It was also great to be able to talk about things in a group that you know you can trust.”
“Mentoring allows us to meet new people and at the same time learn more about leadership and different problems in our community.”
“The best part is making friends with the other mentors from your school and getting to know the proteges and knowing that you made a difference.”
“I have been able to experience kids breaking out of their shells and becoming more comfortable with others.”
“The best part is being able to see the difference you are making in the community.”
What Club members say about FNL:
“I get to take action in my community and change it for the better.”
“It develops friendships and brings people together. There are many lessons and I have a lot of fun.”
“It has helped me develop new skills which have helped me during interviews and speaking about our activities in the community.”
“FNL has taught me to lead discussions and to speak in public.”
“FNL is important to me because, it is one of the few (possible only) programs in my community that helps to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol in students.”
“As a kid, my family had a lot of troubles. Sometimes I was left alone. I always counted on programs like this to help me find my way through it all. I want to keep these programs alive for kids like me.”
“It gives students like me a place to belong.”
It wouldn’t surprise us if you don’t recognize the name Chemical People because our work throughout all of Shasta County has been through our programs. Did you or someone you know participate in the Shasta County Talent Search or Brainbusters? How about Sober Grad, Friday Night Live, Just Say No or Club Live? Do you remember the bus ride to Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Western States and the fabulous time connecting with like-minded youth at the conference? Did you and your middle school peers receive a reality check at the Drug Store event at the Redding Civic Auditorium? Do you have memories of a day spent at Paul Bunyan Park and a hamburger or hot dog at the entirely free Red Ribbon Rally? Or did you walk through town proclaiming your drug-free choice during the Red Ribbon Walk? Were you an FNL Shasta Peer Mentor or Protégé in one of the 14 schools in the county who participate in the program? Over 200 youth each year are positively affected by this program alone. The list goes on and on.
We have enjoyed providing programs for youth and adults for more than 30 years! Now, however, we need your help and support. Our funding is depleting and we risk closing our doors and suspending our programs. (A thought that devastates us.)
Can we count on you? Do you know Bill Gates or another Silicon Valley or local billionaire? Neither do we. . . . So, we are asking you to help keep our programs in place so that we can continue to make memories for other youth and their families. Any donation will help. Please share this information with all your acquaintances. We can’t do this without YOU!