The Annual Day in the Park at one of the beautiful parks in Loomis was a wonderful opportunity for the kids of Koinonia, Counselor Staff, Office Staff, and Community Partners to all come together for some fun, food and fellowship. The event also allows for the Koinonia Corporate Staff, which work all year long for the foster Kids of Koinonia but seldom have interaction with them, to be encouraged with some face-to-face time. Between the beautiful day, the great BBQ, the water balloon toss, three legged races, and the watermelon eating contest (in the prone position), everybody found themselves involved and having fun.
We hope to have you join us next year!
The Intel Corporation – Folsom Campus once again embraces the Teens of Koinonia with an invite to Intel’s annual LANFest where they host the largest marathon gaming event in Northern California. At this recent event, Javier Martinez, a Graphic Software Engineer at Intel and organizer of the event, sponsored one Koinonia Teen that was doing well in our program for the whole three-day event and invited ten others to come for the day and see the event, the technology showcase, and experience the computer community having fun. Javier is pictured with the Koinonia Teens holding the computer related gifts that Javier had gotten donated by the vendors represented at the event.
It was a great opportunity for our teens to ask computer career related questions of a number of the LANFest’s participants, who all were exceptionally generous with their time and information. Intel, thank you once again for the incredible support you offer the community as a whole through your enormous amount of employee volunteerism and financial support. In addition to the participation in the event, this charity fundraising event resulting in over a $7,000 check benefiting the Kids of Koinonia.
The Intel Corporation in Folsom invited 12 female high school students from Koinonia Community School in Loomis to participate in the “She & Me” project at the “International Year of the Woman” event focusing on cultural diversity and the benefits of networking. Patti Starr (title) at Intel, Folsom arranged for each of the students to receive a letter from fellow Intel co-workers that employed all around the world. Each letter shared the personal story of their cultural experience of being teenagers, growing up and pursuing their educational and life-long dreams in their home country. After reading the letters and doing research on the countries of origin, the teens created collages depicting their pen-pals and themselves. Showing through their art the similarities they found between the letter writer’s stories and their own life stories, challenges and aspirations. The final phase of the “She & Me” project took place at the Folsom Intel campus. The girls were invited to participate in the FM WIN Business Luncheon and Mentoring session held on March 8th at the 100th anniversary of “The International Women’s Day”.
The teens were each paired up with an Intel woman mentor, participating in speed mentoring session and toured the campus. The girls then hosted an art show where they shared their creations and what they learned with all those participating in the event.
Wednesday, June 15, 12:00pm, Koinonia Homes for Teens will be hosting a picnic for their network of homes. Activities include inter-home competition, great food, and team building activities for teenagers.
Letters Inspire Art and Cultural Acceptance
Twelve female high school students from the Koinonia Treatment Program in Loomis were invited by the Women @ Intel Network (WIN) employee group at the Intel Corporation in Folsom to participate in the “SHE & ME” project. This program was an in-classroom event focusing on cultural diversity and the benefits of inclusion, acceptance and building healthy networks.
Patti Sarr, Diversity Communications Manager at Intel, invited 12 Intel women from around the world to write personal letters sharing their stories of being teenagers, growing up and pursuing their educational and life-long dreams in their particular culture. Each teen received a letter and did research on the letter writers’ country, the teens created collages depicting their Pen Pal and themselves, showing through their art the similarities they found between the women’s stories and their own life stories, challenges and aspirations.
The final phase of the “SHE & ME” project actually took place at the Intel Folsom campus where the students were guests at the WIN International Women’s Day Business Luncheon held on March 8th 2011, the “100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day”. After being paired up with Intel mentors, the teens participated in speed mentoring, toured the campus and hosted an art show, sharing their creations and what they learned from their Intel letter writers with all those participating in the event. All the young ladies came away from the event with a new healthy understanding that they are not alone in this world. As quoted by Kamaria S., “Thanks for the whole Intel experience. I will always and forever remember the SHE & ME project memory.”