Trail Youth Holds First In-Person Fundraiser in Over Three Years

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Two years ago, Trail Youth had to cancel its first, nearly sold-out, in-person banquet due to the pandemic. Their last in-person fundraiser was over three years ago, in 2019.

“The past few years have been painful and isolating, and it’s imperative that not just teens, but the entire community experience the love, value, and direct support that Trail Youth Coffee Home offers.” – says Tonya Guinn, executive director.

The local café/non-profit organization will set up its Trail of Hope Fundraising Banquet April 22, 2022, at the Snoqualmie Ridge Club from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fundraising will include an auction, music, prizes, dinner and more. This event financially supports their mission to eliminate negative labels, spread value and value so that young people can reach their full potential.

Their goal for 2022 is to raise $100,000 to expand their crucial programs. One hundred percent of fundraising proceeds will directly fund Trail Youth’s successful programs: art and music lessons, parent education, job training, coffee roasting, Barista training, LEAD Internship/Mentorship Business Program, and podcast.

Four years ago, thanks to community support and a boost from Mike RoweTrail Youth opened its doors to offer affirmation, purpose and a future to all who walk through their doors.

They have grown to three training sites and currently serve 200 at-risk adolescents. Including Monthly Youth Couch Surfers, a program that provides a safe space for young people who sleep on floors, in cars, or with friends when they don’t have stable housing. Trail Youth provides safe space, food and connects them to available resources.

Guinn said,We offer free professional training, rotating internships, free coffee (of course!), refreshments, and a voice in the world through our 95+ teen-run and hosted podcasts. Last year, we trained 75 teenage baristas in our coffee house, and 33 got paid jobs in the community! »

Since 2018 Trail Youth is:

  • Qualified 200 Baristas
  • 70 went to paid jobs in the community
  • 20 young people were mentored by adults (they are accredited by CAYM Christian Association of Youth Mentors)
  • More … than 13,000 free drinks were served to teenagers with positive affirmations of worth and value
  • 160 awareness events in the community.
  • 90+ podcasts have been recorded, addressing topics such as suicide and the value

In 2021, Trail Youth won Best Nonprofit in the Snoqualmie Valley, Best Organization to Join, and Executive Director Tonya Guinn won the Boy Scouts Leader Explorer of the Year award.

Additionally, Trail Youth expanded its barista training program at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital by taking over the gift shop area and launched a barista training program at Echo Glen. Their coffee roastery has now expanded to Mount Si High School, many churches, restaurants and stores. When you buy and donate their coffee, you support their many programs.

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