Mychal’s Learning Place Friendship Activity 2019

Walk With Sally Partners With Mychal’s Learning Place

Partnering with other charities and organizations is one facet of creating the community of support that makes Walk With Sally’s programs such a success. We take pride on being able to work together with other organizations that are also focused on social impact.  So, for our first Friendship Activity of 2019, we partnered with our friends over at Mychal’s Learning Place in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles. The day of fun included team building, cookie making, a photo booth, relay race, and of course, tons of memories.

Two mentees participate in the relay race for Walk With Sally's Friendship Activity at Mychal's Learning Place in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California

(Two mentees participate in the relay race at Walk With Sally’s Friendship Activity)

What Is A Friendship Activity?

At Walk With Sally, a Friendship Activity is a full day event produced by the organization so that all mentors and mentees can have an opportunity to bond as a part of the larger Walk With Sally community.  For this event, 90 participants came together to create a memorable day for mentors, mentees and their families to experience.

Mentee Yonathan and Mentor Joanne play games at Walk With Sally's Friendship Activity at Mychal's Learning Place in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California

(Mentee Yonathan and Mentor Joanne participate in an ice breaker at Walk With Sally’s Friendship Activity)

The Friendship Activity on February 23, 2019 started with a Rachel Rush hosted self-love meditation to center ourselves, then followed with a team building ice breaker to get everyone mixing and mingling led by Rachel Hanners.  Thank you so much to both Rachels for their time and dedication!

Friendship Mark (Mentor) and Yonathan (Mentee) bake cookies from scratch at Walk With Sally's Friendship Activity at Mychal's Learning Place in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California

(Friendship Mark (Mentor) and Yonathan (Mentee) bake cookies at the Walk With Sally Friendship Activity)

The larger group then broke up into three teams as they rotated through stations of cookie making from scratch (yes, people still do this!) thanks to Janette and the Mychal’s Learning Place staff; then they paired up with their mentors and competed agains other “Friendships” in a relay race organized by our partners at End Results Health & Wellness; and lastly the teams took advantage of a photo booth experience (thank you Poe Family) to capture this moment in time with a photo keepsake.

Friendship Mark (Mentor) and Yonathan (Mentee) get their photo taken in the photo booth at Walk With Sally's Friendship Activity in Los Angeles, California

(Friendship Mark (Mentor) and Yonathan (Mentee) participate in the photo booth at Walk With Sally’s Friendship Activity)

Overall, the kids and their mentors left feeling connected, full of memories, and of course, exhausted from all of the fun. The resulting impact from these events is heartwarming and inspiring.  This activity was Yonathan’s first as a mentee in the Walk With Sally program.  On the way home he told his mentor Mark how he “had so much fun, and how it was so much better to be out doing something rather than what he typically does on a Saturday. It feels great to be a part of this amazing community!”

Thank you to everyone who helped make this day possible, especially our volunteers including the group from SQA Services.  We couldn’t do this without you!

The team from End Results Health & Wellness Center hosts a relay race for mentor and mentee friendships at Walk With Sally's Friendship Activity in Los Angeles, California________________________

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