Niroga Benefit Inspires Attendees
Niroga's annual benefit was held on October 3, 2009. Highlights included:
- Oakland Youth Chorus sang inspirational songs
- Youth from Niroga programs led attendees in a short TLS session
- 18-year old Genai Powers spoke about how Niroga has helped pull her fragile life together.
- Honorable Judge Gail Bereola, Presiding Judge of Alameda County Juvenile Court, talked about Niroga's transformational work in the lives of juvenile hall youth and encouraged the audience to support Niroga's endeavors
- Niroga yoga teacher, Antonia Fokken, talked about the impact that Niroga's programs have had on the youth she has worked with as well as on herself
- Deputy Director Quamrun Eldridge and Adriana Alvarado from the Alameda County Public Health Department expressed their excitement and hopes for the mentorship collaboration with Niroga that brings essential support for high-risk young people in an important and challenging transition in their lives.
$1000 per youth per year (less than $3 per day), is needed to fund the mentorship program for the 120 youth participating in Project New Start.