In 2011 Seven Tepees hosted the first-ever Week of Gratitude leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. In collaboration with a local nonprofit called Turkey Troops, Seven Tepees’ youth prepared and packaged 1,500 meals and pairs of socks that were distributed to those in need on Thanksgiving morning!
- Jennifer Rosdail
Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community-based organization located in the Mission District. The program provides comprehensive services to middle and high school, inner-city youth over a period of seven years. The mission is to supplement their lives with the building blocks that will help them create positive successful futures for themselves. This is achieved through after-school tutoring and enrichment, outdoor education and trips, counseling, mentoring, job training, family outreach, community service projects and college/career programming. Seven Tepees intensively serves approximately 85 low-income Latino and African-American youth in San Francisco as well as an additional 1,000 youths at two local high schools through our College/Career Program.
From November 17-23, 2011, Seven Tepees hosted the first-ever Week of Gratitude leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. In collaboration with a local nonprofit called Turkey Troops, Seven Tepees’ youth prepared and packaged 1,500 meals and pairs of socks that were distributed to those in need on Thanksgiving morning!
Throughout the week, youth participated in a variety of projects reflecting their gratitude. For instance, they created greeting cards to be included with the meals and collaborated on “gratitude murals” that were displayed in the Learning Center. The Week of Gratitude culminated in a day of service and a community meal on Wednesday, November 23, with all of the youth and families. On that day, they packaged 1,500 bag lunches to be distributed, then sat together and shared a feast with each other. Some students were also invited to return on Thanksgiving morning to help distribute the meals at SROs and in the streets of the Tenderloin.
Turkey Troops provided all of the food, socks, bags and other materials that were distributed to those in need. However, Seven Tepees needed additional funding for the art supplies to create the cards, murals and decorations ($250) as well as the food, drink and supplies for the Gratitude Meal that fed approximately 150 people ($750).
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