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Sharefest Gala Program

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JACKPOT SPONSOR I ve been involved in Sharefest since the very beginning 18 years ago At Toyota our tagline is Let s Go Places and Sharefest is truly empowering youth to go places Their drive to mobilize youth and communities is inspiring and it s a joy to see youth transform their futures JACK HOLLIS Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Toyota Motor North America Inc

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Imagine You grow up in an area deemed unsafe Your home life is challenging Sometimes you wonder where your next meal will come from You experienced trauma when you were young School becomes a challenge and with each passing year you lose motivation After falling behind in high school you are moved away from your friends to another school a Continuation High School where you know no one and you feel lost alone without hope This is where you meet Sharefest Sharefest delivers hope to 300 under resourced and disconnected students like these every year Our primary work takes place inside 5 LAUSD Continuation High Schools from Watts to San Pedro Students receive mentoring traumainformed mental health services and classes that accelerate earning the credits they desperately need to graduate from high school Perhaps more importantly Sharefest provides students with essential life skills and a solid career path hope Thank you for joining us tonight to support Sharefest Later this evening you ll get to hear the inspiring story of one of our amazing students and see just how powerful hope can be We are so grateful for you and your support Now let s go Game On for our youth Gratefully Chad Mayer Executive Director

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ALL IN SPONSOR Sharefest s commitment to transform communities is a perfect complement to Wedgewood Homes investment in the revitalization of neighborhoods Sharefest s community building network has enabled our personnel to participate in multiple school beautification projects throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay These hands on experiences and the corresponding investment in our youth truly enhance morale and rapport within our organization

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ANTE SPONSORS Despite the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID Sharefest had tremendous success in the 2020 21 virtual school year 171 students earned credit toward graduation Students earned 1 265 credits Grade Point Averages increased 12 68 students graduated high school 37 graduates continued Sharefest mentoring into college or workforce development

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