The Shining Kids at Santa Barbara’s Boys & Girls Club
On Thursday, 29 January 2015 some of the Happy House crew traveled to Santa Barbara to help the Boys & Girls Club celebrate their annual Awards for staff, volunteers, Board members and the kids in its 77th year in operation! It was a wonderful scene packed with shining, happy kids who love coming to the center and staff, board members and contributors who love them and love enriching their lives. On any given day in the summer months, there are anywhere from 160 to 200 children in the facility daily. Also during the summer months, the Boys & Girls Club does its own 10-week Good Choices Program. Kids in the program study How to Make Good Choices based on The Way to Happiness, see videos on the various chapters and work out how to make their own good choices in life. The teens from the B&G Teen Center are helping to deliver the Good Choices Program to the younger youth. This past year marked a huge expansion of the SB B&G Club with the re-entry of Football to the Club—140 youth signed up and are participating in the overall league which spans Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern and LA Counties! The Coach won the Staff Leadership Award which was given to him by an excited group of ever so competent kids from 6 to 18 years of age, plus some 8 Volunteer Coaches! Hat’s off from all of us at Happy House to Carolyn Brown, the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, along with Calvin Mass, Program and Operations Director, Tyler Forshey, Teen Coordinator and ALL of their stellar staff—each and every one Men and Women of tremendous Good Will—for an amazing year and cheers to an even more expansive 2015!
Happy House Meets World Peace One
In early November Happy House founder, Nancy Cartwright and some of her staff were thrilled to meet and exchange views with members of the executive committee of World Peace One (WP1). This is an organization whose mission “is to organize, produce and broadcast a series of fundraising concerts and annual Global SuperConcerts, whose purpose is to generate resources that will sustain the WP1 Foundation’s ten-year global peace initiative.” One members of this committee is none other than Claes Nobel, a senior member of the Nobel Family, Claes Nobel is a native of Sweden and the great grand-nephew of industrialist Dr. Alfred Nobel, creator of the famed Nobel Prize. A World Peace One concert series in partnership with California State University Northridge, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, California starts later this year.
San Jose Kids Win Video Awards
On Saturday, October 12, 2014, kids at the Community United Centers in San Jose, California won trophies for short films at the San Jose International Short Film Festival! The short film winner Star World was created by youth at Starbird and Be Me was created by youth at Alma. Thanks to our digital media studio and the talented kids using it! You can watch the videos right here! Star World Be Me
Nancy’s Friend Patrick Renna Helps West Valley Police
Actor Patrick Renna appeared at the West Valley National Night Out in the park, where LAPD officers hosted the community for a showing of the evergreen, ever popular film, SANDLOT! Pat spoke, signed autographs and everyone had a terrific time!
Family Fun and Poker: Year 9
May 17th saw the 9th edition of our yearly Texas Hold ‘Em and Family Party and BBQ. And, it was the best ever! We had a record number of guests and raised nearly double the contributions of our previous highest ever year! (more…)
Good Choices in the Park
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the intrepid Happy House crew arrived at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood to celebrate another Salute to Kids. Presented by the LA Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Fernando Vally Coalition on Gangs, the event saw hundreds of families from the local area enjoying time in the park. (more…)
The Seattle Good Choices Kids’ Club at the 6th Annual Kent International Festival
Kent International Festival (KIF) is an amazing event dedicated to the celebration of heritage through diverse cultural cuisine, entertainment and exuberance. ‘Learn from Each Other’ is the motto we embrace in every aspect and activity to exhibit to those who live, work or worship in our area the value we place on celebrating diversity. (more…)
Seattle Kids Learn “Take Care of Yourself!”
Happy House’s Seattle Good Choices Kids Club had a fun and invigorating visit in February from a professional on Precept #1 – Take Care of Yourself!! (more…)
Happy House’s Seattle Chapter Gets Ready for Earth Day
Megan and her troops in Happy House’s Seattle Kids Good Choices Club are participating big time with the Earth Corps on Earth Day weekend. (more…)
Good Choices Program Completions in San Jose
At-risk children from the local area completed the Good Choices program at the Starbird Youth Center in San Jose, California this week. Read what some of the graduates had to say about their experiences in the program: “There is always someone that try’s to bring you down but never listen to them and follow your dream.” RM- 12 “Be healthy, brush your teeth every day. Exercise too. The Way to Happiness is to be healthy. Set a good example, little kids want to be just like their brothers, sister or father. Also, show them whats good or whats bad. The Way to Happiness doesn’t include cheating, stealing and breaking the law.” AV – 13 “Don’t take drugs! This is one of the most important rules. So is not killing anyone and treat others how you want to be treated. Respecting others and doing well to succeed are my main rules. Good Choices has taught a lot of good traits.” PS -13 “Lastly, I will try my best to do well and succeed. I will follow the ideas in this book and ignore the people who don’t believe in me accomplishing my goals.” AT – 18
San Jose Earthquakes and Wells Fargo Support Community United
Wells Fargo teamed up with the San Jose Earthquakes to provide a donation of $250 for every Earthquakes goal scored in their last season. Community United San Jose was one of the beneficiaries! This grant provides new soccer uniforms, balls and nets for our kids. Thank you Earthquakes and Wells Fargo!
Happy House Community United Kids Win Their First Soccer Game
Happy House Community United supported kids from the Starbird Youth Center into the City of San Jose Recreation League. With Community United San Jose staffer Irving Perez coaching the team, along with mentoring over last two years from the pro San Jose Earthquakes team, the pay off came with the kids winning their first match!
Golfing for Good Choices
In August of 2013, Happy House chapter, Community United in San Jose held their 3rd Annual Golf Fundraiser. As you can see in the video below, everyone had an exceptional time! (more…)
My Name is Raul
The Happy House Community United Chapter in San Jose received the most amazing success story from a student. It is not only heart-warming and uplifting, it demonstrates how simple and effective The Way to Happiness and How to Make Good Choices are in creating positive change in a community. (more…)