CYCG is honored to form an official partnership with Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). This is to recognize CYCG's outstanding contribution, dedication, and support for the students, staff, and parents of the HCPSS.
The RHHS PTSA, Boosters and the Clarksville Youth Care Group worked together to create "thank you" gift bags for the bus drivers who took our teens to the reunification site (at Ten Oaks Ballroom) in the aftermath of the school lock-down. This could not have happened without all of the parents and volunteers who contributed $20 gift cards to this effort - thank you! Kudos as well to Boosters for contributing RHHS tote bags and to the students of the Clarksville Youth Care Group who created beautiful hand-sewn pouches with hand-made "thank you " cards for these gift packages. We all want the bus drivers to know how much we appreciate their efforts on behalf of RHHS students that stressful day. Above news from RHHS PTSA FB.
Thanks a lot, to CYCG students who worked this amazing project. They are Amanda Wang, Joy Zhang, Lily Zhang, Grace Chen, Emma Lu, Brandon Yu, Emily Shi, Michael Shi, Yuehao Xie, Wendy Gu, Jiaming Zhang, Isabella Zhang, Claire Liu, and Iris Jia.
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball honored ‘Rise to the Challenge’ awards in 19 categories during a ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept 15, 2022. The awards are to recognize community members who made significant impact during the pandemic. The top winner in each category received the Rise to the Challenge ‘Sunrise Distinction’ designation. Check the full winner list here.
Clarksville Youth Care Group (CYCG) was honored Nonprofit Innovation Rise to the Challenge Award with Sunrise Distinction. River Hill High School principal Mrs. Lidgard celebrated the big moment with students and highlighted the event in RHHS Twitter.
CYCG was the only student group to be recognized in the event. CYCG cares for community's health and safety. Over 120 students volunteered in CYCG's project. In 2020, CYCG made 3660 DIY face shields and donated to 100+ hospitals, clinics, dental offices, urgent cares, and first responders over 7 states. In 2021, CYCG handmade 1700+ Teacher Care kits and donated to 64 HCPSS schools. Now CYCG has delivered 850 Back-to-School Teacher/Staff/Bus Driver appreciation kits to 46 HCPSS schools or offices. This project is showcased at Miller Library till 9/30/2022.
Dr. Chao Wu and Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano recognized CYCG during the HCPSS BoE meeting on 9/8/2022. Till now, CYCG has donated 850 Teacher/staff appreciation kits to 45 HCPSS schools and offices to support teachers, staff and bus drivers.
Watch BoE meeting (2'13") here.
CYCG Teacher Care Kits (masks and accessories) and Back-to-School Teacher Appreciation Kits are showcasing at the Miller Library until September 30, 2022. Teacher Care Kits was a national award-winning project where CYCG donated 1700 mask sets to 64 HCPSS schools. As of August 27, CYCG has delivered 650 Back-to-school Teacher Appreciation kits to 43 HCPSS schools as a new phase of the project. 158 Bus Driver Appreciation Kits were also delivered to the HCPSS Transportation Office. One teacher said: "How lovely to get these right before school started! They are wonderful and much appreciated!"
This project is featured on Howard County Library System's Chapter Chats blog.
CYCG students delivered 650 handmade Back-to-School Teacher Appreciation Kits to 43 HCPSS schools during the back-to-school week. Over 70 students from 23 HCPSS schools worked hard during summer and handmade over 800 kits.
This cute 8-in-1 kit includes one handmade school-themed pencil pouch (13 designs), one handmade thank-you card, one pencil, one pen, one notepad, one goodie (1 of 3 options: lip balm, butterfly pen, or natural leaf bookmark), one Granola bar, and one Hershy chocolate.
Nancy Thompson, the Principal from Talbott Springs Elementary School, wrote to CYCG, "Thank you so much in advance for the teacher and bus driver appreciation kits!! Your vision, effort and leadership are very much appreciated at Talbott Springs Elementary School."
On Aug 26, 2022, CYCG students Arthur Wang, Amanda Wang, and Wendy Gu donated 158 handmade bus driver appreciation kits to the HCPSS Transportation Office! Student Transportation Office Director Brian Nevin met the students and said: "This is incredibly thoughtful, and I know it will be greatly appreciated. The amount of time and effort that you and your fellow students put into this project is remarkable and truly demonstrates the compassion and talents of our student body. " In addition, 15 bus driver kits were also directly delivered to Waterloo Elementary School.
On 8/2/2022, CYCG was invited to the Clarksville Commons National Night Out (NNO) celebration. National Night Out is a community building campaign that prompts Police-Community bonding. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and BoE member Chao Wu visited the booth and highly praised the student group. CYCG presented hand-made thank-you cards to police officers and firefighters and thanked them for their dedication to keep the community safe. Additionally, CYCG also hosted the paper flower upcycle project which attracted many young kids! Thanks to Arthur, Amanda, Grace C, Michael S, Emily S, Grace Z, and Wendy for hosting the booth!
On 7/30/2022, CYCG hosted a very popular upcycle project, teaching young kids how to make paper roses from old magazines or post-it notes. Over 30 kids visited the booth and learned how to make the long-lasting beautiful roses which are perfect for Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation week, birthday gifts, or for decoration. The student-made cards were still very popular and attracted many people. Thanks to Amanda, Grace, Isa, Jiaming, Wendy, Anna, Nicole, and Annie for running the booth!
On 7/23/2022, CYCG participated in the Clarksville Commons Farmer's Market. CYCG sold student-hand-made crafts, such as hand-drawn T-shirts, pencil pouches, scrunchies, greeting cards, and hosted a free upcycle craft. Hand-made dry-flower cards, hand-painted/drawn cards, stone cards were very popular. This week, they taught kids how to make beautiful flowers or wall art from a toilet paper roll. Thanks Amanda, Jeremy, Claire, Michael, Jiaming, Isa, and Wendy for running the booth!