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YA scholar Matthew Stewart has just accepted a work semester with BMW to further his career as an automotive engineering major!  He arrives home Friday, December 13th, and immediately gets to work on his Christmas Tree delivery business.  In the entrepreneurial style of Young Angels, Matthew is raising $ to get him through the spring.  For $50 you can have a beautiful tree delivered to your home.  Even if you already have your big tree, get a small one as your second.  Email brookhandmade@earthlink.net to order



Ginger Citrus Gift Set.  Retails for $79.  Young Angels price $69.  Slap a bow on it and you're done.  Debbie@youngangelsofamerica.org to buy.  We need to sell 20 by end of year.  OR-- go to www.youngangelsofamerica.myarbonne.com and buy something else.  Tis the season to take a shower.  Shampoo.  Moisturizer.  Turn back the aging hands of Time.
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring because they were all lying down with hydrating masques on.  Proceeds support our 109th St. Dance & Music program.

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Second Annual Recital at the
109th Street Rec Center
1464 E 109th Street,
Los Angeles 90059
Saturday, December 21st
11am - 2 pm
Tickets $3

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We Mourn the Loss

Matthew Geffner circa 2004
Matthew Geffner circa 2004
Young Angels began in 2002 when Matthew Geffner, then age 14, had an idea for a community service project.  He asked his mom’s friends, Brook Dougherty and Debbie Koerner, to help him.  Matthew gathered his friends in a classroom at the Mirman School, then informed Brook and Debbie that they would like Linkin Park to perform a benefit concert.  When he was told that this was “unlikely,” he reminded Brook and Debbie that “unlikely” was not “impossible.”  Linkin Park performed at the House of Blues on Monday, March 4th, 2002 to benefit TrinityKidsCare, a pediatric Hospice. 
Matthew Geffner died tragically this year, in New York, where he was attending NYU.  His blend of entrepreneurship and philanthropy continues to be the backbone of Young Angels of America.

In that spirit, we launch “Matthew’s Café,” a weekly leadership gathering for teens that will feature emerging philanthro-capitalists, artists and activists.  Our mission continues to be to teach young people about philanthropy and community service.  This program is made possible by gifts from the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, The Palisades Rotary Club, and the Palisades Optimists Club.

Where:  Matthew’s Garden Café
Address:  859 ½ Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades
(across from CVS)
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Time:  6-7:30 PM
Dinner:  $10 at the door
RSVP info@youngangelsofamerica.org
Or 310.573.9913
Musical Performance by:  Piper Hays

Donations to support Matthew's Cafe can also be made through the Young Angels website, at www.youngangelsofamerica.org
Matthew at check presentation to chloe love foundation

Matthew at check presentation to Chloe Love Foundation  

When Young Angels scholarship winner, Matthew Stewart, heard the news about Matthew Geffner, he said he would be the spirit of Matthew Geffner and continue to carry on with an open heart and mind.  He is starting his second year at the storied Tuskegee University this month, and we are still short of tuition funds. 

Please contribute what you can and help this future automotive engineer continue to be one of
’s best! 

Contributions to support Matthew's Scholarship Fund can be made through the Young Angels website, at www.younganglesofamerica.org 

Matthew Stewart at Tuskegee University still needs tuition funds.


Summer Dance Recital

Miss Quejonne Smith leads her team to a wonderful afternoon of dance at the
Recreation Center

This program made possible by a gift from The Arbonne Foundation. 

You can support this program by redirecting your spending on personal care projects to  www.youngangelsofamerica@myarbonne.com 
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Young Phaze
Young Phaze
Khalid Duell attended the Young Angels rap writers' workshop sponsored by Revibe the Movement in 2011.  Revibe, a hip hop media hub, appointed established rapper, Darien Benard, (Khao 310) to lead the workshop which was held at Locke Tech High School.
Young Angels' Rap Writers' Workshop, 2011
Khalid, ( Yung Phaze), then went to work on his professional career, staying in touch with Khao and Young Angels for guidance. Last week, he reached out to Young Angels' Executive Director, Brook Dougherty, with this ask: "I'm ready to record and fundraise to get a used Mac lap top.  It doesn't have to be new, it just needs to be recent. You always said, Mrs. Dougherty, that an artist should have their own equipment, and I don't know how I'm going to get mine unless I have some help."

Please reach out to us if you have a new or used Mac lap top for Yung Phaze.
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Sunday, February 24th, from 8-10 A.M. (that's in the morning), in front of Starbucks, Young Angels will be exchanging baked goods for money in their quest to raise the funds needed to pay for ONE MORE DAY OF BALLET for our team at 109th Rec Center in Watts.  Come buy stuff and take it home to eat during the Oscars. Miss Rachel needs to get paid, and the moms at the Rec Center love this class soooooo much.  Thank you Claudia Vallon for being the adult behind the muffins.

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Grades 7-9.  Dec. 14th, 2012.  BUY TICKETS HERE- LINK.
Suppporting Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program.
Executive Student Producer, Jordan Ferguson, Loyola High School.

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Adler was born in Queens, New York on January 17, 1986. A year after Adler was born, his family relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona.  He attended Horizon High School, and immediately after graduating in 2004, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.  After various roles in a number of productions, Adler was cast in a minor day player role in the Fox television series Glee as school jock and bully Dave Karofsky.  Glee creator Ryan Murphy was impressed with his performance and started to write more for him. In the November 2010 episode "Never Been Kissed", written to tackle the issue of LGBT youth bullying, Karofsky is revealed to be a closeted gay teen.  He received positive responses via the social networking websites Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, and commented that he was "honored to represent such a large group of people".  The character eventually gives up his bullying and makes his peace with Kurt, but he remains closeted. Adler has been praised for his performance in episode 3x14, "On My Way", during which after his character is outed, he attempts suicide.  He recently completed starring in Dylan Baker’s independent film “23 Blast,” opposite Stephen Lang, about a football star who’s suddenly stricken with irreversible blindness.  Additionally, he has two movies in the can and scheduled to be released later this year - the action/drama “AWOL,” a Vietnam-era story about a soldier who quits his post to find the girl who left him, co-starring with Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer, and the horror/comedy “Detention of the Dead” about a group of high school misfits who are trapped with classmates that have turned into zombies (which is currently playing the Festival route around the world).   For television, Adler just completed work on Shawn Ryan’s new action drama for ABC, “Last Resort,” opposite Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman,
Adler is also heavily involved with activism. Following the Glee episode "Never Been Kissed", Adler was contacted by the It Gets Better Project, an internet based project founded by Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Adler recorded a heartfelt video for the project, offering words of hope and encouragement for kids and teens facing bullying due to their sexual orientation.  On November 15, 2010, Adler spoke at the Anti-Defamation League’s Concert Against Hate at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Adler has also worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise awareness of the hereditary muscle diseases.  Adler's mother and grandmother have both passed from Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, also known as FSH or FSHD.

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Young Angels of America celebrates its tenth year in Pacific Palisades with a middle school holiday dance hosted by “GLEE” cast member, Max Adler.  Adler plays the closeted, gay football bully and, in real time, when not on set, he devotes time to causes related to bullying. 
Mr. Adler was asked to host this event specifically because of his work playing a bully and transforming that experience into community service events such as appearing at the Young Angels dance.  The dance, "Jenesse," supports the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program. 
The event will be kicked off by on on-stage interview conducted by Cara Friedman, a freshman at The Brentwood School, Erica Jaffe, a sophomore at Harvard-Westlake and Jordan Ferguson, a senior at Loyola High School.  Questions, created by students include (1) How has your life changed since you got this part? (2) How does it feel to play a bully?  (3) What advice would you give middle school students if they are bullied?  (4) Have you ever known a bully?
The event is Friday, December 14th from 7-10 PM at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club.  
901 Haverford.  Grades 7-9 welcome.  Tickets are available for purchase at
www.youngangelsofamerica.org for $20 on line or $30 at the door. 
For information contact Brook Dougherty,
brook@youngangelsofamerica.org or 310.573.9913.  This event is made possible with the support of the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club and Vivian's Boutique

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