YouthWorks is a partnership between The Memorial Foundation and local high schools where we strive to engage students in philanthropy to instill in them a heart for serving their community.
The YouthWorks Pageants are a vital part of our youth philanthropy program where local high school students raise funds for children's healthcare programs and services at Yakima Valley Memorial and Children's Village through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®. The video below showcases the YouthWorks program.
Proceeds from YouthWorks high school pageants directly benefit pediatric programs through Children’s Miracle Network at Yakima Valley Memorial and Children’s Village, serving thousands of children each year through hospital treatment, educational programs, and family services.
Since 100% the funds stay local to support the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, Pediatric Unit, Family Birthplace, Maternal Health and Children’s Village, students see the positive effects of their efforts and walk away knowing that they can play a part in making their hometown a better place in which to live.
Each fall, participating high schools nominate and select their contestants who compete for the title of Mr. [Participating High School]. Each school is paired with a Miracle Child from who has benefited from programs or services at Yakima Valley Memorial and/or Children’s Village. Throughout the process, candidates tour Children’s Village, the NICU, and the Pediatric Unit, volunteer at weekend sports events with kids who have special health care needs, and participate in a handful of fundraising activities including restaurant takeovers across the Yakima Valley. Contestants also fundraise on their own through online give pages accessed here:
The months long program culminates on pageant night where the contestants put together group dances, humorous skits, honor special heroes in their lives, answer on-stage questions, and finally crown a some one as the congeniality winner and overall pageant winner. Each Pageant winner receives a scholarship check through FirstFruits Marketing and Gesa Credit Union.
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