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Volunteer Spotlight 

Penny Marshall joined West End's Board of Directors 15 years ago, when she was in charge of the federal defender's office. "I thought that it was important to help people in the community from the front end," she explained, "and West End was an opportunity to help young people avoid the criminal justice system."

Penny now serves as West End's Board President "I see my role as an organizer," she explained, "as someone who makes sure that everyone's input is considered."

But what motivates her to volunteer? Click here to find out!
Top of Her Game

Many congrats to Sandy Clark, who, on April 24 received the Alumni Community Impact Award through Springfield College's School of Human Services, Wilmington Campus.

Sandy works with West End on implementing the Delaware Prevention Coalition's Annual Teen Summit, which discourages youth from engaging in under age drinking. Way to go Sandy!
popdot Grand Opening

On, Thursday, April 17, West End celebrated the grand opening of popdot signs and graphics, a for-profit sign creation and installation business that employs former foster care youth. The company is a social venture partnership with Dan and Karen Nestor (owners of Sir Speedy Wilmington) and the result of a unique collaboration between the private, public and non-profit sectors. Check out popdot's website for more info., or click here to read a recent News Journal article on the company!
West End Urban Ag. Goes Mobile!     

West End's Urban Ag. program is in full swing. And thanks to a generous grant from Highmark Delaware, we will soon be mobile! The "Mobile Market" will carry locally grown fresh produce and begin scheduling regular stops this summer - more details to come. For more info. on West End's Urban Ag. program, check out this recent News Journal article or contact Mike McCafferty or Sindhu Siva at 302-658-4171 x 261.
Sailing Into the Past 

On April 10, staff from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation taught approx. 40 West End youth how to "Start a Colony." The activity involved careful planning and prioritization of essential items required to establish a new settlement and was reminiscent of the challenge faced by America's first settlers. Then, on April 24, Kalmar Nyckel staff took West End youth sailing on the Foundation's namesake vessel! Check out the Kalmar Nyckel's website for more info. on their programs. 

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