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Our GrandPal program was featured in the Thanksgiving week paper of The Argonaut!!! We are so over the moon! Click here to read the full article!

We are so proud of the program we have developed with Sherri Akers, Kristin Sherman, and the staff of Sunrise Senior Living. It is our hope that this article will encourage others to reach out to their local seniors and start relationships in their own way. Thank you Gary Walker for capturing the magic and sharing it with the greater community.

“Unconditional acceptance by children can help older adults be more self-accepting of their condition and reduce the stigma of ageism” – Dr. Amy Rosett

unnamedOur community is amazing. On June 30th, Saturday, in response to current events, Voyages Preschool of Mar Vista quickly organized an old-fashioned lemonade stand and bake sale to raise money in a developmentally appropriate way for ages 2.5-5 year-olds in support of Keeping Families Together.

Thank you to every family who showed up to work the lemonade stand and all those who donated baked goods. Thank you to every West Coast Collaborative Preschool Director, encompassing Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Culver City, who helped to spread the word in their community. This was beyond successful. We had a bit of a hiccup when setting up because we didn’t realize that while we had permission from Cesar, the manager from Floyd’s Barber Shop on Venice Blvd., we were within the jurisdiction of The Grandview Farmer’s Market. The manager of the Farmer’s Market let us stay. Not only did she let us stay, but she gave us a better location! The children stepped up and handled the table like pros. At one point, we ran out of lemonade and everyone worked hard to make more! We worked the old-fashioned citrus juicers all morning and raised $1,126.95!!!

We are so proud of our wide-spread community! Thank you for coming together and taking a stand for children and families everywhere!
Below is the list of 14 organizations we supported with our lemonade stand through https://standforkids.net/
Al Otro Lado – serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles
https://www.alotrolado.orgThe Florence Project – providing legal & social services to detained immigrants in Arizona
https://firrp.org/Neta – a Latinx-run progressive media platform telling the stories of what’s happening on the border
https://www.netargv.comInnovation Law Lab – working in immigrant detention centers and hostile judicial districts; keeping the definitive list of kids being held

Fuerza Del Valle – organizing workers & immigrant communities in the Rio Grande Valley

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – promoting the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children

We Belong Together – women for common-sense immigration policies

United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country

Womens Refugee Commission – advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution

ACLU – fighting attacks through the legal system

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country

Human Rights First – helping refugees obtain asylum in the U.S.

La Union del Pueblo Entero – founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, a community union that works in the Rio Grande Valley from the grassroots up


We are happy to announce that Paola Cervantes, our Voyages Co-Founder and Director of Voyages Preschool was elected the At Large Director and 2nd Vice Chair for the Mar Vista Community Council. We have joined The MVCC Education & Arts Culture Committee. MVCC EACC is a gathering of diverse community stakeholders dedicated to improving our entire community’s quality of life by enhancing education, culture and the arts in and around Mar Vista. The committee welcomes all stakeholders.

Click here to learn more about MVCC EACC!

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