On Thursday, March 14th, members of the Challenge Team of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills selected Roy Lave as the Youth Champion of the Year. Ricky Juarez of Los Altos high school was also selected as a Student Champion. Both will be recognized at the Challenge Team’s annual fundraising breakfast on May 8th.
The Challenge Team is a community-based, non-profit partnership of students, school districts, police departments, community organizations, parent, health care, and faith-based groups that collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and gang activities.
Lave, a longtime resident of Los Altos, has started and/or fostered numerous programs for youth as the volunteer Founding Chair and CEO of the Los Altos Community Foundation. These programs include Youth Philanthropy, Family Philanthropy, and the MVLA Community Scholars program. Past programs that operated under the umbrella of the Foundation include Partners for New Generations, Los Altos Alliance for Youth, and CHASE.
In addition, the Foundation’s Community Grants program has made grants to most of the organizations serving youth in the community including ALearn, Childrens’ Health Council, CHAC, Community School of Music and Art, CSA, , Hidden Villa, JustRead, Los Altos High School (many programs), Mountain View High School (numerous programs), Los Altos School District (teacher grants, Living Classroom), Music for Minors, Peninsula Bridge, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Westwind 4-H Riding, and the YMCA.
Previously Roy served as Mayor and City Councilperson for the City of Los Altos, and a Commissioner on both the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Santa Clara County Transportation Commission. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Bus Barn Stage Company Theatre and has served on the Boards of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Alto Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS project, the Los Altos Rotary Club where he also served as president.
WOMEN~SV, along with several other women’s groups “convened” the community at Main Street Café in downtown Los Altos, on Thursday , Feb 14,.
And what a huge success it was, thanks to all the wonderful women—and men!! —who turned out to express their idea of what healthy love looks like. It was SRO—Standing Room Only!! —as you can see from the pics:
And the paparazzi were out in full force! Here’s the link to the Patch coverage which includes a brief video clip:
We all shared songs, read poetry, spoke from the heart. And everyone who participated got a rose, thanks to a generous donation from Trader’s Joes.
People are still talking about the spirit of love, solidarity, and connection that filled the room, proving once again there are no strangers at Jaime’s café—only friends we haven’t met yet. In fact it was so successful that Jaimie says we can do it all again next year. Thanks Jaimie! Thanks to everyone who was there that day—in person or in spirit—and who helped us show the world what “true love” really looks like!
WOMMEN SV is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation
Ruth Patrick, of LACF program WOMEN SV, is being recognized for her contributions to our community.
The Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA) gives the Agency Award each year to an agency whose contributions have significantly enhanced the well-being of the community at large, and includes in its mission the task of serving an underserved population, said Jeffrey S. Kline, past president of the SCCPA.
“Until I met Ruth, I did not realize how great the need was for her services in our affluent community,” said Kline, who practices in Menlo Park. Kline has sat in on the organization’s domestic violence support groups, accompanied Patrick to a conference, and allowed her to use his office on many occasions.
“The love and care Ruth shows toward the women who come to her, who have no where else to turn, is inspiring.”