Youth Impact was founded in 2015 but had been a dream and goal for Executive Director/President, Cesar Hernandez, for a very long time. Cesar is a passionate person who’s committed to helping and serving his community whenever and with whatever is needed. Of course, this is according to his means and of those who are involved.
Why YOUth Impact Started
Per Cesar’s words:
YOUth IMPACT was birthed from seeing the need of the community that I moved into in 2012. I saw many youth as I drove down my street, many were wandering, many had no place to go, many were heading down a wrong path. I truly saw the need to create a place where young people could go gather, learn, use resources and in return serve and help better the community and other young people. Literally, doors started opening up and people began to get interested the more I shared the idea I had in my head. Doors opened up at different schools and people immediately wanted to help either by wanting to volunteer, teach or support with financial means or providing the space in their building. From there on, the passion and ideas kept growing until the dream started becoming reality!
After Youth Impact was registered as a nonprofit with the state and everything was set in place, the organization took the bull by its horns. We started providing and offering different events and activities for the El Paso community.
To start, one of the organization’s first accomplishments was an Easter Extravaganza Event held on March 27, 2016. The event consisted of free food, games, prizes and a Slam Dunk event. The Slam Dunk event consisted of a three on three basketball and Slam Dunk contest to get youth involved in the community and also target talent within the El Paso youth. This event was held at Grandview Park for teens 17 and older.
There were over 10,000 Easter eggs for kids to gather and collect with lots of candy and prizes as well.
Here are our 1st Place Winners:
Here is our Main Winner!
On August 13, 2016, Youth Impact was able to SERVE our low-income families with a Kid’s Back To School Fest; which was a huge success! We were able to reach our goal and we gave out 100 backpacks, bikes, scooters and many raffle prizes. Some of our contributors were Little Ceasars with pizza donations and Chick Fil A.
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Here are some of our younger helpers, ready to serve.
We had a great turn out! Lots of families taking part in our festival!
Youth Impact established a food bank in November 2016. This is when we had our grand opening. We gave food to families in need and will continue doing on the third Saturday of every month.
We have over 30 youth and 20 adult volunteers. As leaders, we mentor youth to lead the project and eventually take the project over and multiply it. We’re currently working on expanding this food bank to serve other communities in the El Paso city and county areas.
We have a partnership with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank where we meet all legal requirements. We then report our results and progress to them.
The food pantry is held at the main office, 3000 Fort Blvd. El Paso, TX 79930 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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