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ProYouth hosts Legacy Dinner honoring Jim Vidak
Pro-Youth will host the 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner on October 16th. This year's even will honor Jim Vidak, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools, recognizing his many years of tireless effort for the benefit of school-age children in Tulare County. This special event will be held at the Chinese Cultural Center in Visalia.

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HEART's Outside the Lens showcase makes BOOST Newsletter
An article about the Outside the Lens student showcase, submitted by Ralph Enriquez, was the "Program Highlight" feature in the latest edition of the BOOST Collaborative Newsletter. You can read the article here.


Linwood HEART 12.15.2013

Poker Tournament Cancelled

17 March, 2014

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the Poker Tournament originally scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bids open for new At-Risk Snack/Supper meals plan at HEART sites

Kari Mumford, Feb 26, 2014

Pro-Youth today announced the opening of bids to provide meals for the At-Risk Snack/Supper meals plan at HEART sites. See the announcement below:


The agency shall supply a completed IFB (Invitation for Bid) to each bidder who responds to the notice. Bidder may request the IFB at

Sealed bids will be received by Pro-Youth/HEART After-School Program at 505 N. Court Street, Visalia California 93291 until 5:00 pm (PST) Monday, March 17th, 2014 for At-Risk Snack/Supper meals to be served in after school programs. At 1:30 pm (PST) on March 18th, all bids that have been duly received will be publicly opened and read aloud. Only sealed bids will be accepted.

Description of Product for Bid:
Meals will be appropriate for K-12th grade. Supper meals will be delivered Monday through Friday at each school site. Options for meals that meet CACFP requirements for allergens (equivalent) must include soy milk, gluten free, dairy free, and peanut free products. Meals must be compliant with not only CACFP regulations, but must also meet our national Healthy Eating Standards, see website for more information at

These standards include high quality, minimally processed, nutrient dense foods made with whole grains and heart-healthy fats or oils and without added sugar or trans fats; whole fresh fruits and vegetables; and beverages made without added sugars. All foods and beverages will be nitrates and nitrate free and made without artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Milk will be RSVO hormone free.

The following types and quantities of meals:
Daily delivery of meals to11center(s).

Types or forms of packaging or containerizing to be used for meals (based on an 11-day menu cycle the agency will provide):

All supper meals to be unitized meals, milk packaged separately. No canned fruits or vegetables. Fresh fruit and or vegetables will be offered for supper meals daily and can be packaged separately. Vendor to provide the necessary utensils, napkins, paper supplies and condiments in sufficient quantity for meals ordered.

All meals of each type must meet the minimum standards set by the USDA for CACFP meals of that type.

The contract will be awarded to the responsible bidder whose bid is responsive to this invitation and is most advantageous to the agency, price, and other factors considered. Any bids or all bids may be rejected when it is in the interest of the agency to do so.

Arts for HEART: "Sofa Art Reads a Good Book"

Alyssa Calvillo | 12.09.2013

Pro Youth is proud to once again announce our collaboration with Arts Visalia for the Annual Sofa Art Show "Arts 4 HEART". "Celebrity Guests" have been asked to participate in this year's sofa art. This year the theme is "Arts 4 HEART: Sofa Art Reads a Good Book." All entries will have a sofa or related piece of furniture as well as a book theme incorporated in the painting or any other form of art. Artwork will be displayed in Arts Visalia for the month of February. An Arts 4 HEART reception will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.. Artwork will be available to purchase through a silent auction. We encourage you, your family and friends to come out for a fun evening! If you would like to participate as a Celebrity Artist, please call Sue at 559.624.5910 or email

Please see video below for a sample of previous year's artwork.

Candy Cane Lane Parade

Johnny DeLaCruz | 12.03.2013

The HEART After School Program was represented in last night's candy cane lane parade in down town Visalia. Students from Four Creeks and Elbow Creek Elementary HEART were energized and enthusiastic as they marched on main as thousands of parade watchers cheered. Our entry included 5 HEART students holding our HEART logo, an SUV pulling a group of HEART employees and their children as well as our HEART students holding the 12 days of Christmas and singing. Students and staff agreed, it was a great way to kick off the holiday spirit. Check out our spot on channel 30 News | Click here for all our parade pictures

Works of HEART|Open Mic at 210

GW and MtW HEART Students @ 210 | 11.14.2013

watch more at ProYouth HEART's YouTube page

College Path: HEART Students Visit Valley Colleges

Story by HEART Student Juan Carlos Silva, 11.21.2013

On Monday, Golden West and Redwood High school made a trip to UC Merced and CSU Stanislaus. It was a thrilling experience to discover how different colleges are compared to high school. CSU Stanislaus was definitely a beautiful campus with its colorful trees and their glimmering lakes. I liked its foundations and how it was very eco friendly. They have a lot of school spirit displaying how much the students enjoyed being there by wearing lots of shirts displaying their red colors. UC Merced's academic programs offer a learning environment that provides critical hands-on experience in your area of interest. I liked their extracurricular activities and the fact that it had more than 200 clubs to be part of. Even though UC Merced is very distant from their city, they still provide a great variety of delicious foods. I enjoyed the tours and am thankful for the HEART Program for preparing us to reach our goals to go to college. This trip was a great opportunity to have an open mind in how college life will be. Click Here for trip photos

Juan Carlos Silva is one of 58 students who attended the trip to CSUS and CSUM. Juan, A GW HEART Student, wants to major in Kinesiology with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. He's been attending Golden West HEART's College Trail Blazers. He's found something he is interested in, and has been working on his CSU applications. We're all very proud of Juan Carlos.

Pro-Youth announces intent to apply for ASSETS grants for El Diamante High School, Golden West High School, Mount Whitney High School, Redwood High School, Sequoia High School, and Visalia Technical Education Center

November 14, 2013

This public notice is to announce Pro-Youth HEART's intent to apply for funding from the California Department of Education for
21st Century High School
After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Program
Cohort 9
For Programs Proposing to Serve High School Students
Title 20 United States Code sections 7171-7176 and
California Education Code sections 8420-8428 and 8484.7-8484.9

The funding request, if granted, will provide afterschool programs
for students at
El Diamante High School
Exeter Union High School
Golden West High School
Mount Whitney High School
Redwood High School
Sequoia High School
Visalia Technical Education Center
More information may be found at the CDE website at
or you can read the official announcement here

Pro-Youth announces intent to apply for 21st CCLC Grants for Golden Oak Elementary School, Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary School, Mineral King Elementary School, and Woodville Elementary School.

November 14, 2013

This public notice is to announce Pro-Youth HEART's intent to apply for funding from the California Department of Education for
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Cohort 9
For Programs Proposing to Serve Elementary Students
Title 20 United States Code sections 7171-7176 and
California Education Code sections 8484.7-8484.9

The funding request, if granted, will provide afterschool programs for children at the following schools in Tulare County:
Golden Oak Elementary School
Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary School
Mineral King Elementary School
Woodville Elementary School

More information may be found at the CDE website at or by contacting Pro-Youth HEART at (559) 624-5810
or you can read the official announcement here

Visalia City Council awards $65,000 to nonprofits

Visalia Times Delta

"Whatever the amount awarded this year, I think it means a lot, especially to the children in the community at large," said Rafael Enriquez, a science, technology, engineering and math specialist for Pro-Youth/HEART, which puts on after-school programs at 25 schools in Visalia. His organization is slated to receive a $1,400 grant from the city to support weekly movie, dance, science, drama and sports clubs at Conyer Elementary School in Visalia.

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Veva Blunt Elementary Student Site Council has HEART

Thomas Sandburg, October 17, 2013

We are proud to introduce our Student Site Council at Veva Blunt Elementary School. Students are voted in to the positions by their fellow students and these roles are taken seriously. The Student Site Council are leaders in the school and assist with some of the decisions throughout the school year. At Veva Blunt we are extremely proud to say that the Veva Blunt Elementary Student Councils top offices consists of the our HEART students:

Students pictured above left to right.

Joshua Elizondo, is a sixth grader and has been in the HEART Program since he was in first grade, is now the school site council's Treasurer.

Eric Dilihunt, is a sixth grader and has been in the HEART program since third grade, he holds the office of school site council's Vice President.

Raul Becerra, is a sixth grader and has been in the HEART Program since fourth grade, he holds the office of school site council's President.

Michael Soto, is a fourth grader has been in the HEART program since third grade, he is the school site council's Historian.

Avaya Woods, is a sixth grader, and has been in the HEART program since first grade at two different sites, Crowley and Veva Blunt, she is now school site council's Secretary.

Garden Project Winners at Lincoln HEART

September 11, 2013

Lincoln HEART After-School Program was announced as the winner of the School Garden Design Contest sponsored by Kellogg Garden Products, in partnership with the California Minor League Baseball team, Visalia Rawhide . The contest involved school districts in and around Cal League cities where students created garden designs and submitted them all summer long through the Cal League Teams. The designs were passed on to Kellogg Garden and five winners were selected by Director of Sustainability, Kathy Kellogg-Johnson

On August 31st some of the Lincoln HEART students and staff accepted the award at a Visalia Rawhide baseball game (pictured above). Students and staff got admission to the game and were on the field as their named name was announced throughout the stadium.

Rocky Hill Elementary has an extensive garden that the students have access. Lincoln does not currently at all and we wanted all Exeter students to have access to the same enrichment experiences regardless of what school they attend. This was especially important to us with the K-5 transition that the district went through last year, some of the kids who previously had access to the garden at Rocky Hill, lost that experience when they switched to Lincoln. "We are so grateful to have such a supportive school district who has been behind our efforts 100%. Our community members have also been active and we have received donations from private donors, Exeter Merchantile Company and the Pink Ladies of Exeter. Winning this contest means the world to us because we will be able to accomplish our goal faster and provide our students with a bigger and better garden that what we ever thought possible." says Maria Reveles Exeter HEART Site Director.

Construction of the school garden will take place on September 24, 2013. Parents, students, school staff and administrators, along with members of the Visalia Rawhide and Kellogg Garden Products, will work together in building the school garden.

Oral Hygiene at HEART

Ralph Enriquez, September 10, 2013

Students from the San Joaquin Valley College Dental Assistant Program visited Conyer Elementary on September 9th and 10th and gave students a lesson on oral hygiene. Conyer HEART students played a game where they placed different foods on the board under a "healthy" and "unhealthy" column. This type of game was played as an effort to educate students in making conscience, healthy choices. When asked what caused cavities, Conyer students replied with "sugar bugs" and were later given the term "lactobacillus". Yoa Chan Saechao, former program leader, said he believed this type of enrichment provides students with the ability to make good lifelong decisions. "Learning the correct way to brush and floss at a younger age helps students get into a habit. It'll save them money in the long run as well as keep them healthier. Healthy teeth means a healthier body," said Saechao. Conyer HEART remains committed to championing our children.

Fantasy Football and Education?

Ralph Enriquez, August 30, 2013

On August 29th Conyer HEART's 5th/6th grade combo class showed their excitement for the upcoming football season by participating in the program's first Fantasy Football Draft. Eight student led teams such as "Team Minecraft", "Batman", "49ers", and "The Majestically Awesome Purple Unicorns" took turns choosing real-life NFL players to fill their 8 man rosters. Every week student teams will be pitted against each other with the hopes of making the fantasy playoffs and eventually an overall winner will be decided by the end of the NFL season. Teams best other teams on virtue of the highest score, which in turn is decided by how well players do in real life; if Frank Gore gets 110-yards in a game then he gets 11-points (1-point for every 10 yards). Conyer HEART students will be charged with calculating the score of their teams each week using real life statistics and at the same time become more comfortable with the mathematics that they encounter during the school day. Later in the season teams will hone their research and computer skills by creating PowerPoint's presentations on their star players, as well as their respective colleges. HEART Afterschool Program remains committed to presenting new opportunities by providing fun, educational experiences that children will grow from.

Summer STEAM and Food Link

Visalia Times Delta

Alan Arteaga, 9, left, and Isaac Cisneros, 9, eat lunch at Manuel Hernandez Elementary School following a Pro-Youth HEART summer enrichment program called STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Lunches are provided by FoodLink for Tulare County at this school and 15 other sites throughout Tulare County during the summer for children 1-18.

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HEART Summer STEAM Program

by Thomas Sandberg & Gus de Oliveira, July 15, 2013

On July 8th, 2013 ProYouth HEART went in a completely different direction for our summer training program and created the Summer STEAM Academy. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) provides a variety of fun and engaging projects for students. The academy is provided at two locations, Annie R Mitchell Elementary and Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary both in Visalia Ca. Student turn-out has been a great success. When students first came, they were wary and not sure what they had gotten themselves into. However, after a day of fun projects, talking to program leaders, laughing and having fun with new friends; they came back the next day with a completely new perspective. Excited about the new day, students asked what was planned, and when they can get started. One of the biggest hits that we've had at our Summer STEAM Academy has been the We Do Lego Robotics. Students get to choose from a computer program a variety of different machines that could be built, such as: Dancing Birds, Spinner, Hungry Alligator, Drumming Monkey, and Giant Sailboat. Students followed directions from this interactive software to create these machines, and if they had a hard time, a program leader was always there to offer support. Students were smiling and engaged with the support they received, they were laughing and clapping when they tested their working machines. Some other activities include: KidzScience Food for Plants, Life Science, Green Science and NASA exploring Rocketry.

As a culminating event at the end of the week, the students had a Fun filled Friday. We formed groups with our kids and designed team posters. Students worked hard to color and present their team's graphic. Students then rotated to different activities every 30 minutes. These included Zumba, a Wii station and an outdoor disc golf/obstacle course. Zumba is active fun work-out/ training instruction, the Wii station also provided some movement with sports and dance games. Students also got a chance to play Disc golf, and run a challenging obstacle course. By the end of the day and week they were so happy and intrigued with all they were shown. This has been a great example of how much difference we make in our students life.

HEART After-School Program announces immediate opening for Senior Accountant

The Senior Accountant is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Accounting Department and meeting all Accounting obligations in an efficient, professional and timely manner. Essential Functions include: Coordinate budget development and projection, Collect financial and other data from multiple sources to complete federal and state reporting requirements, Review and analyze accounting information and transactions to ensure accurate fiscal records, Maintain and manage financial documents and accounting records, Supervise accounting staff, Reconcile grant reimbursements with fiscal agent, Reconcile bank accounts, Communicate and collaborate with key personnel from all funding sources, Initiate technical research, networking, and requests for assistance as necessary to complete assignments and Schedule work efforts to meet deadlines. click for full job discription

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Betty McIntosh or mail to P.O. Box 387, Visalia, CA 93279, Attn: Human Resources.

Pro Youth Board Director Antonio Reyes appointed as 19th Superior Court Judge

Visalia Times Delta Article, June 19, 2013

Pro Youth Board Director Antonio Reyes appointed as 19th Superior Court Judge in Tulare County. The Tulare County Democratic Party hosted a meet and greet Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn to introduce newly appointed Tulare County Superior Court Judge Antonio Reyes to the public.

Reyes, who was named to the position by Gov. Jerry Brown, will replace retiring Judge Gerald Sevier. Reyes is now one of 19 Superior Court judges in Tulare County Click here to read the full Visalia Times Delta article.

World Champion Site Director

Johnny DeLaCruz, 06.04.2013

Goshen HEART Site Director Gustavo de Oliveira recently participated in the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournament in the world. Walter Pyramid, Long Beach; was the site of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships were Gus went 3-0 in his ultra heavyweight division. Gus hits the gym daily and trains with Elite Team Visalia. When he's not practicing his technique, he's hard at work directing the Goshen HEART staff and their 100+ students. With HEART for over 7 years, he's always been a dedicated and patient director working at multiple sites: Willow Glen, Golden Oak, Manuel F. Hernandez and Goshen. We are proud of Gus and his accomplishments

Gus would like to thank all those who made it possible for him to be a part of this competition: Tom Knox and the Elite Team, Eric Fees, Gracie and Felix at 5-0 Fitness, Mark and Jen Scott-Greenal and all those who supported Gus along the way.

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HEART After-School Program announces immediate opening for Site Supervisor-High School

A Site Supervisor for High School supports in the success of site by ensuring achievement of the following minimums: Meet State and Federal grant standards, Create a safe environment for students, Improve attendance for after-school day and instructional school day and Support students in making positive choices. 

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Crowley HEART Community Talent Show

Noelia Avila, May 31, 2013

By the nervous excitement and anxious crowd, you'd think the audience at Crowley Elementary was waiting to see a famous performer, but they were gathered for the annual Community Talent Show where after weeks of practicing and planning a group of youngsters brought back the Oldies at the HEART event. This is the site's eighth annual talent show, and it has become a community tradition that everyone looks forward to. Site Director, Noelia Avila remembers starting the talent show and loves the enthusiasm of the crowd's laughter and applause as the children show off their moves.

"It feels like family and truly brings the community together." Avila is continuously motivated by the growing crowd each year as word spreads about how great the show is. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, cousins, teachers and neighbors set up their folding chairs and blankets in front of the stage anxious to see the children perform the routines choreographed by Program Leaders. They don't leave disappointed as once again the children succeed in entertaining the crowd.

After the performers had gone home to their families and the rockin' sounds of "Shout" and "Proud Mary" were no longer vibrating through speakers, Avila and her staff can smile knowing their event was a crowd sensation once again. "It truly is worth all the hard work and everyone appreciates it. It's a blast!" Click here to see all photos.

Pro-Youth HEART leader to retire After-school program continues to grow as new leadership takes over

Visalia Times Delta Article, May 28, 2013

Twenty years ago, there were no structured after-school programs in Visalia. Gangs, drugs and violence were on the rise as Tulare County experienced a dramatic increase in population. Isham founded Pro-Youth and helped unite the community in Visalia to support the safety of children during the after-school hours from 3-6 p.m. when children are least supervised and most likely to fall victim to crime. She raised almost $400,000 from public and private local agencies, foundations and individuals to start the after-school program, HEART, which stands for Homework, Enrichment, Acceleration, Recreation and Teamwork. It was all local money, she said. Click here to read the full Visalia Times Delta article.


Michelle Liberato, May 23, 2013

On May 17th, Highland Elementary Afterschool programs HILT/HEART had the first Jr. Musical "Aladdin." This was supported by some amazing instructors contracted from the Ruby Slipper Performing Arts Academy during the course of the school year. We had 32 students casted for this play and each auditioned for their parts in the musical. Some of our headliners included: Andrea V. a 5th grade student as Princess Jasmine. Vincent M. a 6th grade student as Aladdin, Jaime C. 5th grade student as Jafar, Mayra B. 6th grade student as Genie, and Timothy W. a 3rd grade student and youngest as Lago.

During the course of the day students we had 3 performances the first two were for the entire student body and staff at Highland School. The final performance was for parents and guests a little over 550 in total throughout the day. Some of our younger students said, " It was fun to see my brother and sister singing." Marlin B. another student said, "The Genie was so funny." Devony A.

As the Site Director here at Highland HEART program for the past 5 years it was so AMAZING to see each of those students on that stage performing and singing. The time and effort was a huge accomplishment and we look forward to continuing this tradition over the next school year.

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Johnny DeLaCruz, May 21, 2013

The HEART AfterSchool Program is pleased to announce the opening of three brand new school sites! Parents of Linwood, Royal Oaks and Cottonwood Creek can now take advantage of our free after-school program.

Parent Informational Meetings are scheduled at each school for parents to learn more about what the HEART After-School Program has to offer. We will be accepting enrollment forms at each parent meeting; they will also be available in each of the school's main offices. See below for dates and locations:

In addition to our 3 new school sites, we also received funding to expand program up to 83 additional students at each of the current schools: Annie R Mitchell, Crestwood, Goshen, Mountain View, Pinkham, Veva Blunt in Visalia; and Lincoln in Exeter. This much needed growth will begin with the new school year

Robot Riot

Ralph Enriquez, 05.13.2013

Pro-Youth/HEART-STEM took students to the Tulare County Office of Education's (TCOE) inaugural Robot Riot, an event where students were able to utilize their Lego NXT programming skills in order to beat their fellow students in different competitions. Conyer Elementary student, Melody Guerrero, was awarded a first place ribbon in the Maze competition, which tasked students to program their robot to traverse a wooden maze; this competition was judged by the fastest time completed.

William Fay, an Annie R. Mitchell student, led the way in the "Sumo" event that had students build and program a robot that successfully knocked opponent's bots out of a circle. Other competitions included tug-o-war, light sensor, sprint race, turtle race, team soccer, and dancing with bots. Robot Riot featured different teams from various elementary and middle-schools throughout the Central Valley. Melody and William are first year robotics student, a program developed by HEART STEM Program, in an effort to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related curriculum. Lego Robotics was piloted at six-sites this year with plans to expand it to other Pro-Youth/HEART sites next school year.

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Folklorico Dancers at Golden West HEART

Amy Pimentel, Cinco de Mayo, 2013

May 3, 2013--Mexican music filled Golden West's campus as Folklorico dancers twirled and kicked in their brightly colored costumes in front of a crowd of about 100 children from the HEART programs at Golden Oak and Four Creeks Elementary schools. After their performance, the five Folklorico Club dancers from Golden West's HEART program and their instructor Trino Tafoya split the students up in groups and taught them the steps. Golden West Site Director Jen May Pastores got the idea after the dancers performed at the HEART annual breakfast. Pastores decided to invite elementary schools to her site to see a performance and learn some of the steps. "They know what it's like to be a beginner, so they are patient and understanding," Tafoya said of his group's teaching skills.

The group had performed at the Golden West school assembly earlier that day and scheduled to perform in the Visalia Cinco De Mayo parade the next day. They were nervous about the upcoming performances. "I stop being nervous when the crowd gets into it," said Cynthia Espinosa. All of the dancers hoped they might inspire the younger generation to be part of a Folklorica group when they get older. Beyond the joy of spending time together learning the dances and performing in various venues, the group sees the importance in honoring their culture. "We make our parents proud because we're following their traditions. We are showing we are proud of where we're from," said Espinosa.

The Golden West HEART Folklorico group is made up of Cynthia Espinosa, Daisy Montes, Juan Torres, Elizabeth Guiterrez, and Dianna Cuevas. Click here to more photos

A message from Honorable Val Saucedo, President Pro-Youth Board of Directors

March 29, 2013
Our beloved founder and Chief Executive Officer of 20 years, Laurie Isham, has announced her retirement and will be turning over the reins of Pro-Youth to the next generation. Laurie plans to keep giving to the children of Tulare County by continuing to be an ambassador for Pro-Youth and its mission.

Following our diligent search for the unique and qualified individual who would be able to follow in Laurie's footsteps and take the helm of Pro-Youth, the Pro-Youth Board of Directors takes pride in announcing that Daryn Davis will officially assume the office of Pro-Youth Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2013. Daryn brings 20 years of professional experience and distinctive skills to this position, including supervising hundreds of staff in successfully creating and sustaining community-based collaborative projects. She has worked for multiple non-profit organizations, creating and delivering education projects in remote rural and urban settings, locally and abroad, that seek to engage youth in becoming life-long learners.

Daryn will build upon the foundation of excellence established by CEO Laurie Isham and will continue to enhance the breadth, depth, and quality of Pro-Youth programs, such as the HEART After-School Program, that have changed for the better the lives of thousands of children. Daryn and her husband John, who is principal of Oak Grove School, reside in Visalia with their four children, Elizabeth (14), Dee (11), John (8), and Skye (6).

Read the Visalia Times Delta Article

Parking Lot Party at the new WalMart Neighborhood Market Benefiting the HEART AfterSchool Program

Alyssa Calvillo March 21, 2013

The WalMart Parking Lot Party benefiting the Pro-Youth/HEART After-School Program was a great success! On Friday, March 15, the Pro-Youth/HEART After-School program raised over $3,500 for the HEART After-School Program. Customers arriving to shop at the new WalMart Neighborhood Market on Demaree/Houston were invited to participate in the Pro-Youth raffle, receive HEART tattoos & stickers and different attractions that were offered throughout the day. There were opportunities to support HEART by purchasing delicious A&W Root beer Floats, Peach Cobbler from the Cowboy Cultural Committee/Chuck Wagon Cooks, Four Creeks Catering Cookies, and did we mention the fabulous tacos from Tacos Galacticos, with proceeds going to ProYouth/HEART AfterSchool Program. Click for more

Arts For HEART Slide Show

Johnny DeLaCruz, March 8, 2013

Meet our Student Transition Specialist, Amy Pimentel

Johnny DeLaCruz, March 20, 2013
Pro Youth HEART would like to welcome Amy Pimentel, our new Student Transition Specialist

Amy grew-up in the Hanford/Visalia area and has several different degrees from College of Sequoias (AA Liberal Arts, '00) New York University (Bachelors of Social Work, '04) Antioch University (MFA Creative Writing, '10) and is currently in the process of earning a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. In her position she'll be developing and implementing classes to guide students and their families through the postsecondary planning process at the high schools, including building college lists, completing applications, and financial aid. This also includes developing classes for elementary students making the transition into junior high to better equip them with the challenges they may face. "

Amy enjoys traveling, reading/writing, yoga, and singing loudly in the car. In the summer, she can be found floating down the Kings River. One day she would like to visit the Azores Islands where her great-grandparents immigrated from. "I want to connect to my roots and walk on the same beaches they did.".

A Comment from Amy: I've bounced around the country, living in DC, NY, Oakland, and the Central Valley. While all those places were exciting and provided amazing opportunities and experiences, it's important for me to give back to the community I grew up in. I was the first in my family to earn college degrees, and I know how daunting the application process can be. I've worked in college access for six years, and I'm excited to work with all the students in HEART. Besides having a lot of knowledge to share, I know that I'm going to learn a lot.

Welcome to Pro-Youth/HEART, Amy!

Meet our Family Literacy Coordinator, Teresa Ramos

Alyssa Calvillo, March 4, 2013

Pro-Youth/HEART is proud to introduce Teresa Ramos as our new Family Literacy Coordinator!

Teresa grew up in Tulare County and has over 15 years of experience in Education at Visalia Unified and Tulare County Office of Education. Teresa is married and has 4 children and 3 adorable grandchildren. In Teresa's spare time, she enjoys reading Fiction books, while drinking a cup of coffee. She also enjoys Sundays when her children come over for BBQ's. Her favorite quote is by Mahatama Ghandi, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

Teresa will be working towards building trust and personal relationships with families. Making outreach to all families a priority; finding multiple ways for families to get engaged in their child's education; going into the community; helping families connect to needed supports and services for their children's learning; helping families connect to other families. Healthy relationships between home and school contribute to student achievement. Regardless of socioeconomical level, ethnic/racial background, or parent's education level, students do better academically when their families are involved in learning.

Welcome to Pro-Youth/HEART, Teresa!

New artist, new soul

Peter Sodhy, February 22, 2013

Click here to see the full article. Pro-Youth Board member Anees Akhund was recently featured in the February 2013 issue of Lifestyle magazine. Aside from his "regular day job" in the financial services industry, he is also an accomplished new artist. Read his fascinating story here. You can also read the full Lifestyles magazine issue on line here.

Tide Pools at Houston HEART

Johnny DeLaCruz, February 27, 2013

On Tuesday, February 19 Students at Houston HEART in Visalia had some unique visitors. Aquarius Aquarium was prepared with a mobile teaching tide pool. This unique teaching opportunity was a fantastic addition to what Vanessa Deroma (Houston HEART Program Leader) and her 26 students were working on. Aquarius Aquariums' Teaching Tidepools are the Institute's highly-popular original outreach program that gives central San Joaquin Valley preschool and elementary grade children the opportunity to see and touch our living California tide pool animal collection in their own classrooms.

The Third grade HEART class at Houston enjoyed the simple connection to Sponge Bob Square Pants to help identify tide pool animals. Mary Castillo (HEART 3rd grade student) enjoyed touching the different animals in the exhibit. Aquarius Aquarium instructors also shared a lot of shells, fossils and information on tide pools and sea life. The HEART AfterSchool Program is very pleased to have experts in their field sharing their knowledge with our students.

Aquarius Aquarium Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in Fresno, California, (EIN # 77-0528762), fosters respect, understanding and conservation of the world's aquatic ecosystems through educational programs, interpretive exhibits, scientific research and aquarium propagation, spawning and rearing of aquatic species.

Meet our HEART Director, Ron Quini

Alyssa Calvillo, January 31, 2013

Pro-Youth/HEART is proud to introduce Ron Quini as our new HEART Director. Ron is originally from San Diego. Ron and his wife Anna have three children, Aaron (13), Hanna (10), and Ella (6).

Ron attended the University of Southern CA where he received his Bachelors Degree and went on to complete his Master of Public Administration Degree at the National University. Ron has studied martial arts for over 30 years and has twice been a member of the US National team. In Ron's spare time he enjoys watching and playing baseball and football. He also enjoys cooking and traveling.

As HEART Director, Ron is responsible for program delivery at all sites and will be working very closely with site staff as well as the schools and districts to ensure we meet and exceed the requirements.

Welcome to Pro-Youth/HEART, Ron!

Super Bowl Assembly at Lincoln

Maria Reveles, February 1, 2013

Click here to see the album. Lincoln Super Bowl Assembly. The school had jersey day where students were encouraged to wear football jerseys or attire. HEART does a weekly Rock star drawing (students earn coupons for positive behavior and are entered to win a prize every Friday). This week's winners got a shot at making a field goal to win a free ice cream cone at Frosty King. If they didn't kick it they got to throw it. If they didn't make that, they still got a prize.
As you can see, our school heavily favored the 49ers.

Arts 4 HEART - Sofa Art Reception

Alyssa Calvillo, February 1, 2013

Arts 4 HEART Sofa Art Reception
February 15, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Avenue, Visalia CA 93291
Attendance is free and open to the public

The Pro-Youth/HEART Afterschool Program will partner, for the 2nd straight year, with Arts Visalia as a part of Sofa Art with yet another fun theme: The Sofa Art Time Machine: A Trip Through Art History. A special artwork reception/auction will be held on the evening of Friday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Called Arts 4 HEART, this second reception will auction off a selection of Sofa Artworks made especially for the exhibition by local celebrity artists of Pro-Youth's exceptional After-School program serving 3,400 students free of charge throughout Tulare County.

Pro-Youth asked local "Celebrity" artists to leaf back through the pages of their favorite art history books or to Google "Art Project" for a little inspiration. This is an art show and it goes without saying that this is art "about the sofa". Not to "compliment the sofa" and all artworks include the obligatory couch, davenport, recliner, day bed, divan, etc. Our celebrity arts used their imaginations and had fun creating their artwork!

Celebrity arts include Anees Akhund, Joe Altschule, Sandy Beals, Kristi Brian, Nina Clancy, Supervisor Phil Cox, Johnny DeLaCruz, Visalia Latino Rotary, Willy Gallegos, Liz Gonzalez, John Griesbach, David Herrera, Mary T. Hill, Sam Logan, Susan Lucas, Denise Mann, Chief Colleen Mestas, Lali Moheno, Madison O'Neal, Amy Pack, Maya Ricci and Mayor Amy Shuklian, Crowley HEART Program, Manuel F. Hernandez HEART Program, Strathmore HEART Program, and Washington HEART Program.

The first Sofa Art Show was held in 1996 as a playful response to an unflattering depiction of Visalia's local art scene as described by a local newspaper writer. Sofa art Co-Founder Varian Mace, than an art instructor at College of Sequoias, shared the article with her classes and challenged them to make some "real sofa art" in response. The resulting exhibition was a hit, to say the least, and has been an annual Visalia tradition ever since.

The exhibition will run from February 6 through March 1st.
For more information, contact Pro-Youth/HEART at 559.624.5933.

Pro-Youth begins search for new CEO

Peter Sodhy, January 25, 2013

Pro-Youth, a non-profit organization provides Out-of-School-Time educational and enrichment services in the Central Valley, has formally begun the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to replace our founder and current CEO Laurie Isham who will retire this year.

A detailed job description with full requirements may be found here.

Please email cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation to:

Laurie Isham, CEO, at, or mail to:
Laurie Isham, CEO
ProYouth HEART
P.O. Box 387
Visalia, CA 93279

Please do not use HEART web application process which is intended for site staff.

Girl Scout Club at Golden Oak

Morgan Jacobsen, January 18, 2013

Click here to see the album. The little girls made paper flowers and put them in their hair. The big girls were making bags out of scraps of fabric.

Arts 4 HEART returns in February 2013

Alyssa Calvillo, December 8, 2012

The 2013 edition of Arts 4 HEART event will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Arts Visalia. Click here for the poster. To see what this event was like in 2012, click on the video above. Anyone interested in participating and submitting artwork, can contact Alyssa at 559.624.5933. The deadline to submit is Thursday, December 20, 2012.

A Rangers HEART!

Amy Worsham, December 6, 2012

We are proud to announce the introduction of the HEART Redwood High School Newsletter: A RANGER'S HEART.

We have been working on this for about a month now, and are happy to finally launch! This will be a monthly editorial piece, capturing what happens in the after-school day. This month, you can read up on the following: Student Ambassador / Community Service Club, The ART BRIGADE - an Urban Art movement, a synopsis of our Works of HEART art show at Cafe 210, and some inspirational quotes from your favorite Redwood Heart Staff, including yours truly :)

We will be distributing A RANGER'S HEART to our students and staff here on campus monthly

Elf sighting at Lincoln Elementary

December 3, 2012

Dear Lincoln HEART Parents and Families,
We are pleased to announce that the Lincoln HEART Program has adopted it's very own Elf on the Shelf to help us count down the holiday season! Ollie B. Goode, our Shelf Elf will be visiting the different classrooms throughout the next couple of weeks and will then be travelling for the remainder of the holiday season! You and your children are invited to follow Ollid's adventures by liking us on If you ahve a facebook account, please take a few minutes each day to log on with your child and see what Ollie has been up to that day, and feel free to comment on your child's behalf!

For more information, you may visit our website at

We hope you have a great holiday season!

ProYouth announces immediate opening for a HEART Director

November 28, 2012

ProYouth announced today that we have begun a search for a new position - HEART Director. The HEART Director's goal is to meet the ProYouth mandate of supporting the highest expectations of progress and achievement for every child, through delivery of the HEART program in a context of excellence, efficiency, and continuous improvement. Applicants should click here for a PDF containing more information about the position plus application instructions. This position is not available through the on-line application system. You may apply on-line at Ed Join

Works of HEART at Cafe 210 a resounding success!

Amy Worsham, November 28, 2012

The Works of HEART Art show, held at Cafe 210 on November 16th, was a smashing success! Students from our three HEART High School Sites (Redwood, Mt. Whitney, and Golden West) submitted over 75 beautiful art pieces across varying mediums, such as 3D sculpture, photography, paint, and mixed media. The 120+ guests who came out to enjoy an evening of art and culture, were treated to a gallery-like atmosphere, with live music by B95's Ren Rock, as well as performances by PULSE middle school's Dance & Cheer Squads. Mt. Whitney brought the energy up with a slamming performance by their W.A.L. hip-hop dance crew, while Golden West added a touch of culture and rock 'n roll, as their Folklorico dance group treated the audience to cultural celebrations of Mexican heritage, and Matthew Mellow rocked the house with a solo guitar performance. For added entertainment, guests were able to take silly photos in our photo booth as a keepsake of this spectacular evening. The winning artists were announced at the end of the evening, with third place going to a student from Golden West, second and first place both awarded to Redwood students. A big thank you to the following contributors for making this event so special: Of course, Cafe 210, for donating the fabulous venue; Our judges, Anees Akhund, Johnny DeLaCruz, Erik Gonzales, and David Herrera; and the following businesses for donating raffle and artist prizes: Starbucks, Target, Tazzaria/Pizanos, Bath & Body Works, Jen May Photography, Mikes Quality Camera, and the Lunch Box Cafe.

Pro-Youth announces intent to apply for ASSET grant for El Diamante

Peter Sodhy, October 23, 2012

This public notice is to announce Pro-Youth HEART's intent to apply for funding from the California Department of Education for
21st Century High School
After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Program
Cohort 8
For Programs Proposing to Serve High School Students
Title 20 United States Code sections 7171-7176 and
California Education Code sections 8420-8428 and 8484.7-8484.9

The funding request, if granted, will provide afterschool programs
for students at
El Diamante High School

More information may be found at the CDE website at

or by contacting Pro-Youth HEART at (559) 624-5810
You can read the official announcement here.

Pro-Youth announces intent to apply for ASSET grant for El Diamante

Peter Sodhy, October 23, 2012

This public notice is to announce Pro-Youth HEART's intent to apply for funding from the California Department of Education for
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Cohort 8
For Programs Proposing to Serve Elementary Students
Title 20 United States Code sections 7171-7176 and
California Education Code sections 8484.7-8484.9

The funding request, if granted, will provide afterschool programs for children at the following elementary schools in Tulare County:
Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Crestwood Elementary School
Goshen Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Linwood Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Pinkham Elementary School
Royal Oaks Elementary School
Veva Blunt Elementary School

More information may be found at the CDE website at
or by contacting Pro-Youth HEART at (559) 624-5810
You can read the official announcement here.

HEART to participate in "Hands of the Future" event

Peter Sodhy, November 15, 2012

Pro-Youth/HEART joins with the Downtown Visalia Foundation, The Arts Consortium, CSET, and the Barnes Brain Injury Foundation among others for a unique event in December celebrating the history of Visalia. Students will be placing their handprints in a designated area between Garden and Church streets. Many special events are being planned in conjunction with this to make it an historical, fun, and educational time for all participants.

Pro-Youth Annual Community Report for 2011/2012 released

Peter Sodhy, November 7, 2012

Pro-Youth's Annual Community Report was released today at a short breakfast event held at the Visalia Country Club. You can download a copy of the report here.

Works of HEART at Cafe 210 this Friday!

Amy Worsham, November 15, 2012

The High School Team (Redwood, Golden West & Mt. Whitney) would like to cordially invite you to attend our Art show, entitled "Works of HEART", this Friday Night! Please see details below. We have been working on this project for the past 3 months, and are very exciting to launch. It would mean the world to us to have some support and see some familiar faces out at Cafe 210! We will have traditional art, photography, 3D/Sculpture art, even graffiti art to check out! There will also be live performances from hip-hop dance, to folklorico dance, and even a solo guitarist. You don't want to miss it!

Cost to attend: ZERO!

I will be dropping off some tickets at the front desk with Sue, so if you are interested please pick up a ticket at the main office. Your ticket will be entered into a raffle, where you can win prizes from Bath & Body Works, Mike's Quality Camera, the Lunchbox Cafe, and even a free studio session with Jen May :) However, you do not NEED a ticket to get in the door.

Nitty Gritty Details...
Date: FRIDAY, 11/16/12
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Cafe 210 - 210 W. Center Street, Visalia
Cost: FREE!

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Amy, Amanda, & Jen May
(and our hard working program leaders, of course)

Humanities Scholar Clay Jenkinson in "What Would Jefferson Say? A Founding Father's Take on the 2012 Election"

September 24, 2012

A Founding Father's Take on the 2012 Election featuring Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson returning for his 4th visit to the historic Fox Theatre to portray Thomas Jefferson. Join us for a fun and informative evening of thought-provoking political entertainment and dialogue, just in time for the November 6, 2012 election. Mr. Jenkinson's first-person historical monologue will expound on President Jefferson's leadership and fundamental interpretation of the United States Constitution of the Founding Fathers. President Jefferson was a naturally shy, mild-mannered man. He preferred to be home among his gardens, grandchildren and books. Though he was a reluctant leader he became the master leader of his generation and survived one of the most tempestuous times in American political history.

Clay Jenkinson is one of the nation's leading interpreters of historical characters. He has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in 49 states over a period of 15 years. He has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, 18 state legislatures, and countless public audiences.

Mr. Jenkinson was one of the first winners of the nation's highest award in the humanities, the Charles Frankel prize. He is also a senior fellow for the Center for Digital Government, based in Sacramento, and a scholar-in-residence at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND. He lives and writes in Bismarck, NC.

Pro-Youth/HEART is proud to present humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the historic Fox Theatre 7:00 p.m.

For sponsorship opportunities, call 559.624.5933 or click here
Tickets ($45, $35, $25) available at the Fox Theatre by calling 625-1369 and online at FOXVISALIA.ORG.
V.I.P. tickets $65 includes premier seating and post-event reception hosted by Café 225.
Seriously…what would Jefferson say?
Proceeds benefit the Pro-Youth/HEART After-School Program.

Craig Wheaton: After-school enrichment changes lives

Visalia Times-Delta, July 12, 2012

Through funding provided by Proposition 49, the After School Education and Safety program, and community partnerships with Pro-Youth/HEART, local Golden State YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias, Visalia City Parks and Recreation Department, and the nonprofit company Proteus Inc., almost 3,000 students at 22 elementary and middle participate in our ASES after-school program.
Click here for the full article in PDF format, or click here to view the full article on-line.

HEART Enrollment forms for 2012/2013 year now available

June, 2012

Click here to get PDF versions of the enrollments forms for HEART. Forms for Elementary School students are available in either English or Spanish. Forms for High School students are multilingual. In any case, you must complete the form and return it to the specific school office. Completion and submission of the enrollment form does not guarantee actual enrollment in the program as space is limited.

Opinion - Visalia Times-Delta, Mon 06/25/2012

June, 2012

Opinion by Cozette Santos, a HEART student parent on City Council support of non-profits.

Charity Bootcamp at Rawhide stadium

June 20, 2012

California Fitness Academy and The Visalia Rawhide are teaming up to put on a Charity Bootcamp at the Rawhide stadium.
$10 minimum donation
100% proceeds go to PRO YOUTH HEART
Awesome Workout, Meet Great People and GIVE to a great cause!
Referral contest: person who brings the most friends will win a 2 month training membership to CFA
Call 334-8990 for more information
GOAL is to raise $1000 for PRO YOUTH!!
You DON'T want to miss this event!! Bring your friends!

Washington Elementary meets Austrian Royalty

May 11, 2012

Miss Lacey's 1-2-3 combo class visited the St. John's Ranch where her father is the caretaker of the property for Prince Karl & Princess Michaela Von Habsburg of Austria. The Prince owns the property and several others in California. He visits California about 4 times a year. We were lucky to be there the day they were visiting their ranch. Photo at left shows the class with both Prince Karl & Princess Michaela. Click on the image to see the photo album

County Fair Experience

May 4, 2012

Miss. Deniz's class went on a fieldtrip to the Tulare County Fair. We watched mimes do tricks. The man called me up on stage. HE PICKED ME!!! He told me I would not look crazy and he put crazy accessories on me. I heard everyone laughing and I knew something on me was funny. He put a soccer ball on my foot, a kazoo in my mouth and told me to blow. I was embarrassed but it was very funny. He got a dollar and folded it into a bird. It was a great experience! Thank you HEART!

4th grade
Annie R Mitchell HEART Program

Sweet Dreams for HEART

April, 2012

Sweet Dreams has chosen Pro-Youth/HEART to highlight for their next event. Café 210 has already offered their venue for this event on Friday, May 25th from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. The event will be all-ages, family friendly and involves craft tables for making various art projects, with live music, a silent auction, refreshments, photo booth (courtesy of Visalia Photo Booth) and artwork displayed to fundraise for Pro-Youth/HEART.

This event is being hosted entirely by the volunteers of Sweet Dreams, at no cost Pro-Youth, is free to the community and all proceeds raised will benefit the Pro-Youth/HEART After-School Program.

Our HEART sites will become involved by submitting artwork to showcase Café 210 and also by having our High School students perform. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of those in the HEART program and promote the Pro-Youth/HEART After-School Program. Sweet Dreams is also accepting donations for the silent auction if anyone would like to donate!

This is going to be a fun event and many of our HEART staff are volunteering their time and resources to ensure everything goes smoothly! HEART children and their parents will also be in attendance. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please let me know!

Please click here to visit the Sweet Dreams website to learn more about their mission and event.

3rd Annual MILO Modeling Expo

May 4, 2012

The 3rd annual M.I.L.O. Modeling Expo, put together by the H.E.A.R.T. After School Program, was a wonderful success! On Friday evening, May 4th, over 150 family and friends gathered at Cafe 210, in downtown Visalia, to see HEART Students from Redwood, Golden West, and Mount Whitney strut their stuff down the runway, and show off their newly-found confidence. There were a total of 24 student models, who each had the opportunity to model their runway skills twice, showing off clothing donated by JC Penney, Old Navy, and Sears. Click here or the image at left for the gallery

There was a friendly - but fierce - model "walk-off" competition, in which 2 students from each school were chosen to face-off and display their inner Tyra Banks! It was a tough competition, but in the end, Mount Whitney took the prize!

The MILO / HEART Student fashion show was an evening full of fun, laughter, fashion, and a true display of inspiration. Emcee Frank Escobar kept the Cafe's energy level to a maximum, as he made sure to keep the audience entertained and laughing while they enjoyed the show. The courage these students had to get on that stage and show their family & friends that they have the confidence, ability, and determination to achieve this was inspiring to us all - and rock it they did! We are so proud to be able to do this for our students, and are looking forward to more events just like this one.

"This is the second H.E.A.R.T. / M.I.L.O. show I have had the privilege to coordinate and witness, and to see the change in our students from our last show to truly unbelievable. The confidence level in these students has grown so much - and that is the reason we do this! If this program has the ability to transform body image from negative to positive for just one student, it was all worth it. To transform body image of 24 students, well that is more than we can ask for." - Amy Worsham, Site Director, Redwood High School

"I am so proud of all the high school students. It makes all the work well worth it, when you see their smiles light up on stage. You truly see their inner & outer beauty shine, and that makes me so proud to be a program leader and do what we do!" Melinda Sanchez, Program Leader, Redwood High School

"Eating Smart Being Active" at Lincoln Elementary

April, 2012
Maria Reveles, Site Director, Lincoln Elementary HEART

Click here for the full photo album
Eating Smart Being Active, the Nutrition Education course for parents, finally kicked off at Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday, April 25th. The courses are being taught by Mariana Lopez of the UC Cooperative Extension and are supplemented by HEART Family Literacy to give the parents a unique experience. Unlike traditional nutrition courses, Eating Smart Being Active is a well rounded, fun, and interactive course to teach parents the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The participants experienced lecture/discussion on reading nutrition labels and meal planning, followed by a short exercise session, and concluded with a hands-on food demonstration. The parents got to make a quick and easy snack; trail mix made of whole grain cereals, nuts, and dried fruit. The hands-on exercise was designed to show parents how easy it is to make a healthy and nutritious snack for their family that would replace a store bought, high caloric, low nutrient snack such as potato chips. Jose, a Lincoln HEART After School Program Parent, said this class exceeded his expectations. "I thought you guys were only going to hand out information!" He stated that he would spread the word to his friends and family, and tell them to bring their walking shoes for the exercise piece.

HEART has also received major support from Exeter School District Nutrition Services director, Bill Coombs, who has been providing snacks for the children who attend child care while their parents attend the courses. Bill stated that he has been trying to find a way to educate parents for years. He believes that, although the school day spends a great deal of time teaching nutrition and physical education to the children, parents are the missing link to the puzzle when it comes to teaching healthy lifestyles since they are the primary providers of food delivery and preparation for the children.

The courses are held every Wednesday evening through May 30th from 6:00p.m. To 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School Cafeteria. They are free to attend and parents are encouraged to bring their children, as child care is provided by the HEART After School Program Staff.

On the Menu next week are the Vary Your Veggies and Make Half of Your Grains Whole lessons, where participants will take part in making a healthy pumpkin bread loaf.

Have a HEART - 2012

April, 2012

We are looking for local businesses to assist in promoting the Pro-Youth/ HEART After-School Program! If you are a local business and would like to participate in the Have a HEART campaign, please call Alyssa at 559.624.5933. Click for more information.

Cheerleading Club at Houston - A student's view

April, 2012

Elisa O loves being the captain of her HEART Cheerleading Club. Read what it means to her, in her own words.

HEART Student Fashion Show

May 4, 2012
Amy Worsham
Site Director
Redwood High School


We are very excited to announce that the HEART After School Program, along with our M.I.L.O. modeling class, will be holding our 3rd annual Student Fashion Show on Friday, May 4th! If you have not yet had the privilege of seeing this spectacular event, you do not want to miss another opportunity! This show will be different than the rest, as we are branching out into the community and holding the event at the very cool Cafe 210, on Center street downtown. This will be an artistic, eclectic evening that will be sure to encourage you to dig dip & discover what inspires YOU.

The M.I.L.O. Modeling & Self-Empowerment class, instructed by Ms. Florine Hall & Mr. T Arthur, is a dynamic class that explores a variety of topics from career & job/interviewing tips, to proper etiquette & communication, self-esteem, confidence, and positive body image. The students attending this program also learned how to walk the runway, and express themselves while doing so. We are so touched to see the impact this class had on all of our students, it truly allowed them to blossom. We are thrilled to give them a platform to display this inspirational growth!

TIME: 7PM-9PM - Doors open at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Cafe 210 - 210 W. Center Street, downtown Visalia
° Student Fashion Show featuring HEART Students from Redwood, Mt. Whitney, and Golden West
° Friendly Model "Walk-Off" Competition!
° Live DJ
° Entertainment! Fun! Come and Be Inspired!!

Pinkham HEART visits Imagine-U

March, 2012

Click here for the full photo album
The HEART students of Pinkham Elementary school had a fun-filled visit to Imagine-U in Visalia.

Music at the Main - Organizations partner for the benefit of our children

Mar 16, 2012

Music at the Main regularly brings talented young musicians from the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles to perform in Three Rivers and Visalia. This time, the organization partnered with Pro-Youth/HEART to present a very special event specifically for a very young audience. About 400 HEART students from 6 Visalia-area schools were privileges to attend the free demonstration by Danielle Belen (a teacher at Colburn), Jeffrey Myers (one of Colburn's talented students), and Brian Johnson (from Visalia). This is another example of how two organizations can team up for the benefit of our children while furthering their missions. You can see a six minute summary of the event by clicking on the video link to You Tube. A more detailed article will follow shortly. You can see the Photo Album here.

ProYouth in Lifestyle Magazine

March, 2012

The recent Arts 4 HEART event with Arts Visalia appeared in the March edition of Lifestyles magazine. Click on the image for a pdf of the article.

Always worth the effort

Mar 13, 2012

Amanda Dunfee, a Program Leader at Golden Oak Elementary, tells the story of how making the effort to work with an individual student can bring rewards to both the student and the Program Leader. Read the inspiring story here.

Home Runs 4 HEART

Mar 12, 2012

Pro-Youth/HEART is making a difference in the lives of our youth. We are excited and gratified to continue the partnership with Visalia Rawhide called Home Runs 4 HEART.
Click for more information plus sponsor levels and sponsorship form

Dancing on a Friday afternoon - Washington Elementary

Mar 9, 2012

Washington Elementary School HEART students get a fun workout by dancing
Click here for the full photo album

Sofa HEART was a big hit! - Visalia Times Delta

Mar 04, 2012
by Irene Morse

Conventional wisdom has it that artists are temperamental, socially difficult and uncooperative. Get ready to dump conventional wisdom on its ear. Kevin Bowman, curator for Arts Visalia Gallery, and Laurie Isham, CEO for Pro-Youth/HEART, joined forces recently for the Sofa Art Show XVII. This year's theme, "Arts 4 HEART," was a perfect fit. Click to view the full article or Click here for a PDF version

Dr Seuss Day at HEART Sites

Mar 2, 2012

Woodville Elementary. Four Creeks Elementary. Mountain View Elementary.

Washington Elementary students tour Arts Visalia

Feb 23, 2012

The 4th Grade HEART class of Washington Elementary took a walking trip to Arts Visalia to tour the Sofa Art show. Here, Cristan Morfin stands in front of his car picture entered in the show.
Click on the picture to view the photo album of the trip.

Dr Seuss/Read Across America - Lincoln Elementary

Mar 2, 2012

Lincoln Elementary School HEART put on a very special full day for their students which included readings of Dr Seuss favorites by guest readers, Dr Seuss-themed food, funny hair styling, craft tables, and a screening of a Dr Seuss movie.

Click here for the photo album.

Dr Seuss Day/ComCast Backpacks at Fairview

Mar 2, 2012

The children at Fairview Elementary got a double treat on March 2nd. Not only did they celebrate Dr Seuss/Read Across America but they were also recipients of new backpacks and books courtesy of ComCast. Click on the picture to view the whole album.

Arts 4 HEART event a success!

Feb 15, 2012
by Alyssa Calvillo

ARTS 4 HEART was a success last night! The evening started off with guests having the opportunity to bid on their favorite celebrity pieces, enjoy appetizers courtesy of Pita Kabob, wine from Mr. G's Wines, cookies from the Lunchbox and truffles done by HEART staff. ... more.
Click here for the photo album of the event

HEART Student Surveys now available

Feb 10, 2012

Every year, Pro-Youth conducts at least two surveys of our students. The first survey is conducted approximately mid-year and informs us about student perspectives and their experience in HEART. The second survey is conducted towards the end of the school year and shows progress towards these goals. Following are the summary results of the mid-year student survey, conducted in October 2011. In all, 2,855 students were surveyed. ... more.

Fun Day with the Site Directors

Feb 29, 2012

Site Directors have an amazing job! But sometimes we get caught up in the daily grind of meetings, deadlines and paperwork. So one of the five task teams (PETT) decided to host the 1st annual, Site Director Fun Day ... ... more.


Feb 14, 2012

The ARTs 4 HEART event on Feb. 14th is going to be quite fantastic! ... more, plus the video!

The Roots to Crowley's Community

Feb 6, 2012

This group effort for the "Sofa Art Exhibit" was to show the Barrio of the North Side and its families in a positive light. Many of these families started in the fields and the children of these families became hard workers, growing up and making something of themselves. ... more.

Pro Youth/HEART: Emerging from a Senseless Act of Gang Violence

Jan 31, 2012

Pro-Youth was recently mentioned by the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. You can read the article on their website, or read a PDF version of the article here.

Winter 2012 edition of HEART 2 HEART released

Jan 23, 2012
HEART 2 HEART Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 edition of HEART2HEART is now available. Read about a visit by a Blackhawk helicopter to Manuel F Hernandez, catch up with Betty Johnson of our Board of Directors, a profile of valued Donor Circle Contributor Dr Prado-Borrego, and a summary of Arts 4 HEART and the Sofa Art Show scheduled for February 14th. Click on the image to download your copy.