End strong: National Mid-Valley Young Men’s League focuses on the positive throughout pandemic, celebrates its awards



NLYM Mid-Valley Chapter Moms and Sons enjoyed their first in-person gathering of 2020-2021 on Sunday at their Compass event.

Young men on stage won the volunteer service award

A staggering number of young men from NLYM won philanthropy awards during the pandemic; six of these young men won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Masked young man and mom organize truck cans during pandemic.

NLYM members Westley and Beth Hilton volunteered at the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, unloading and organizing food donations for those in need.

Six members of the Mid-Valley Chapter of the NLYM received the Presidential Volunteer Award at the end of the year; NLYM builds character, leadership in young men.

During this year, young men have learned that leadership is not always easy, especially in a pandemic … “

– Stephanie Walter, President-elect

STUDIO CITY, CA, UNITED STATES, May 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Mid-Valley Chapter of the National Young Men’s League (NLYM) celebrates a great end to this difficult year, having completed the officer elections for the coming 2021-2022 year. By getting creative in events and adopting Zoom for their monthly gatherings, the young men of the organization have continued to organize and contribute to charitable efforts in their immediate communities and beyond. In doing so, six of the young men from the Mid-Valley Chapter won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, including Sammy Calne, Joe Del Pero, SJ Schaeffer, Jack Simmons, Andrew Yotnegparian and Holden Griffis.

These awards, and more, were presented when mothers and sons happily reconnected with fellow NLYM members for the annual brunch for all levels of the organization, a socially distanced picnic affair on Sunday May 16. Additionally, the 4th Annual Chapter Seniors Tribute Dinner was held in an outdoor setting at the Mulholland Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, April 25, 2021; it was a formal event, where the young men of the senior class were celebrated with dedication speeches commemorating their fathers, a childhood pictorial montage slide show, and an embossed Compass carrying case as a gift. In total, the Mid Valley senior class man has dedicated more than 430 hours to philanthropic accomplishments in an unprecedented year.

The mission behind NLYM is to provide a unique program of leadership, service, culture and protocol opportunities for young men in Grades 9-12 in their community, while strengthening the mother-son relationship as they progress. that they become young men. Ventura Blvd Magazine introduced the organization in an article which can be found at https://venturablvd.goldenstate.is/a-few-good-men/

Starting last August, the Mid-Valley Chapter has been successful in hosting Zoom Online Meetings at all levels this year for both young men and their mothers. The young men’s meetings included speakers such as actor Michael Ian Black and retired fire captain Fred Lopez; an online cooking lesson by Dr JJ Levenstein; planning of sessions of cultural events and philanthropic activities; protocol lessons such as resume writing; presentation of committee reports and organizational coaching by school-level volunteer mothers. Members’ “Mothers Meetings” included speakers on useful topics such as adolescent wellness, personal care and education; in March, author and certified holistic nutritionist Julie Hefner shared healthy insights from her book “Nourishing Your Body & Soul for a More Radiant You”.

Volunteering is one of the main pillars of the organization, and young men from each of the four grade levels have been tasked with generating safe and socially remote ideas to give back to communities in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. Some of the philanthropic activities were carried out as an organization and individually included:

The Book Truck: NLYM donated 549 brand new books, the most impactful one-time book drive a group has organized for The Book Truck, which provides ‘light boxes’ filled with books and literacy materials for foster care, homeless and low-income service organizations across LA County. https://thebooktruck.org/

Interfaith Food Pantry – NLYM members purchased, packaged and donated 330 hygiene kits (approximately 1,320 items) to The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, a coalition of Jewish and Christian congregations working to address hunger in the community. NLYM members also unloaded trucks of canned food and drinks donated to the pantry. https://nhifp.org/

Covenant House: NLYM has compiled and donated over 1,000 teen snack packs. https://www.covenanthouse.org/

Soles4Souls: The young men of NLYM have collected 1,200 pairs of lightly used sneakers for the nonprofit organization, which prevents the shoes from getting lost and uses them wisely for those in need. https://soles4souls.org/

Tutoring for Speak UP: Young men at NLYM contribute tutoring services to Speak UP, which helps around 300 underserved students in Los Angeles. http://speakupparents.org/tracy

My Stuff: The NLYM Mid-Valley Class of 2022 made fleece blankets for My Stuff Bags Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children who are removed from dangerous life situations such as households experiencing domestic violence, roaming, etc. https: // www. mystuffbags.org/

Developing a full appreciation of cultural activities is another goal of young men. This was achieved by attending holiday concerts online, visiting the Peterson Auto Museum virtually, and watching and discussing movies online, including “The Social Dilemma” and Billie Eilish’s new film “The World’s. a Little Blurry ”.

During this year, young men have learned that leadership is not easy, especially during a pandemic, but the enthusiasm shown during last week’s round of elections for the year 2021-2022 showed that things will only get better in the coming year. A new membership campaign is underway.

During this membership campaign, the Mid-Valley Chapter invites new young men to apply to the organization until July 15, 2021; they welcome applications from young men who live or attend school in the communities of Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake and Burbank, California. There are membership opportunities for young men and mothers in the rising freshman class (class of 2025), the rising sophomore class (class of 2024), and limited space in the 2023 class. Visit the website for membership information: https: // members .nationalleagueofyoungmen.org /? nd = vms_public_form & form_id = 7 & hierarchy = 33

A Dropbox media kit containing event images / videos available on request.

The National League of Young Men, Inc. (NLYM), originally named the Beach City Service League, was founded in 2007 in Newport Beach, California, by Diane Edmonton and Mary Pat Lucas. Their goal was to provide a unique program of leadership, service, culture and protocol opportunities to young men in their community, while strengthening the mother-son relationship. Today there are twenty chapters with over 2000 mothers, young men and supporters as members of the National Young Men’s League, Inc. NLYM is committed to providing a quality program for young men in the 9th. in Grade 12 and develop long-term partnerships that provide benefits not only to young men, but also to their surrounding communities. National League of Young Men, Inc. aspires to provide rewarding experiences for their young men and to help them learn that the greatest joy in life truly comes from serving others and discovering the confidence and courage to do so.

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