Lowe’s Beautification Grant Awarded to Local Teens for Sun Valley High

San Fernando, Calif. (May 20, 2016) — Local teens participating in Youth Speak! Collective’s Youth Council Program at Sun Valley High School, independently applied for and secured a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant of $2,100 from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The grant will be used to beautify Sun Valley High by painting about 300 poles with the school’s colors.

The grant was applied for by Youth Speak! Collective’s youth council on the Sun Valley High campus.

“The focus of the council is to have the current 12th grade council members graduate with pride and leave a stamp of themselves on school grounds as they move on to a new transition in life,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez, the youth council’s facilitator.

“The grant is important because it’s a project that our participants have developed from concept to execution,” said Pablo Garcia-Hernandez, Executive Director. “Lowe’s is validating the participants’ concern and hard work to strengthen their school community.”

Lowe’s employees will be assisting the youth during the one-day event that is yet to be announced.

About Youth Speak! Collective

Founded in 2006 by a handful of high school students, YSC is committed to empowering at-risk youth and their families with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities. Today, YSC hosts seven programs, across three program areas - Youth Leadership

Development, Community Engagement, and Academic Enrichment & Career Exploration. These programs, which serve more than 300 youth, ages 11 to 19 weekly, have enriched and empowered more than 3,000 community members over the last few years. YSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Youth Speak! Collective is accepting donations to continue encouraging our young people's confidence, community membership, and commitment to self-improvement. For more information on YSC or how you can support its community efforts, please visit www.Youthspeakcollective.org or call (818) 890-2928.

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Contact: Pablo Garcia-Hernanez (818) 890-2928