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November 2018 Newsletter

In the spirit of giving, we are raising funds for EDGE 2019 on Giving Tuesday this year!

Keep an eye on our social media for more information on how to give back as we get closer to Tuesday, November 27th!

Fall means warm sweaters, pumpkin spice, and Thanksgiving, but to EDGE-ians, November also means that EDGE-giving is right around the corner!! For EDGE-giving this month, we will be aiding the Mountain View Police Department with their annual Cops & Gobblers event! We will be putting together care baskets to be handed out to our community members in need. Have a new or gently used stuffed animal you’d be willing to part ways with for a good cause? Bring it the day of so we can add it to the care basket. If you can’t make the event, but still want to donate, feel free to drop it off at the station any day before the event! For lunch, we will head over to Jackson Park for a fun time to enjoy nature and catch up! Need a ride there? You can either take CalTrain or carpool with your local EDGE alum to the event! RSVP to the Facebook event to talk to some of the other alumni who are going!

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What: Food packing + picnic

When: Sunday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM

Where: 1000 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041 (Mountain View Police Department) & Jackson St., Mountain View, CA 94043 (Jackson Park)

What to bring: Gently used/new stuffed animal, your lunch, some friends!

Legacy Spotlight: KrizzaJoyce Perez


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KrizzaJoyce Perez attended EDGE as a sophomore in 2014 and is currently studying Psychology at California Lutheran University, where she is also taking on the role of a Resident Assistant. She moved to the United States from the Philippines with her family in 2007 knowing very little English. KJ is currently in the middle of her college career and hopes to pass the LSAT and attend Pepperdine University to become a divorce or immigration lawyer.

During her free time, she likes to catch up with her family in the Philippines or her best friends in Oregon and Wisconsin, read books and articles, and write music. Prior to EDGE 2014, KJ was a shy sophomore who had just transferred high schools.

However, at the seminar, she was able to reinvent herself.

The secret support activity was what impacted her the most—reading everybody’s heartfelt comments inspired her to reach out to others for help and start a new club on campus: United Front Against Bullying. During her two years as president, she also joined the Youth Leadership Lompoc Valley (YLLV) as a liaison and board member as well as the Global Leadership Connection.

KJ continued to stay involved with EDGE as a Day 4 mentor and has helped numerous students join or create a club similar to the Day 4 program that allows current students to connect with alumni:

“As a Day-Four mentor, I like to share with people how EDGE has completely opened up a new door for me and being involved with EDGE is my way of giving back and paying it forward, hoping that I can help make an impact on someone’s life, the way EDGE made an impact on me.”

Social Media Contest


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Congrats to Abby for winning last month’s social media contest with her OUTSTANDING #EDGEtoberFears post!

This November, we want to know what you’re grateful for! Show or tell us with the hashtag #EDGEgivesthanks for your chance to win a prize pack of EDGE gear! Make sure you tag us @EDGEleaders, and keep in mind that if your account is private, we will not be able to see your entry – send a screenshot to EDGEAlumni@edgeyl.org if you’d still like to be eligible to win! You can also enter by responding to this twitter thread! This contest closes at midnight on November 30th.

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Service Opportunities


Looking for service ideas? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few service events we found around California. Click on the name of each organization to be taken to their website.

Northern California:

Sacramento | Loaves and Fishes
Help work at a soup kitchen in Sacramento
Bay Area:

San Jose | Martha’s Kitchen
Help work at a soup kitchen in the Bay Area
Southern California:

San Diego | Mama’s Kitchen
Help work at a soup kitchen for those who have AIDS or cancer

Have a great service event you’d like people to know about? Let us know! Don’t see anything near you? Email us at EDGEAlumni@edgeyl.org and we’ll make sure you’re included in the next newsletter. In the meantime, https://www.serve.gov/search-volunteer-opportunities is a great resource for finding service events near you!