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Monterey County Youth Center Annual Appreciation Day

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Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center education and treatment providers received certificates of appreciation on June 29, 2017 at the Youth Center’s Annual Appreciation Day.

Among them were three volunteers who provide bicycling education—bike repair and safety class, and bike ed nights. Those volunteers are Luciano Rodriguez, Frank Henderson, and Mari Lynch Dehmler.

Learn more about their efforts at the Youth Center, and how you can help, in “Youth Center – Teach Teens Well.”

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The information below was previously published in 2014.

Volunteers from the bicycle repair and safety class were among those honored at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center’s 11th Annual Appreciation Day on April 30, 2014 [and at the Annual Appreciation Day in 2015, 2016, 2017].

Thirty providers were recognized. See full list below.

This annual event is in recognition that “Each year community members and collaboratives enter the facility to offer support, motivation, and guidance to our youth….We appreciate all that you do. ‘It takes a village to raise a child.'”

The highlights of the 2014 Appreciation Day were two presentations by youth. The first was a talk and an a cappella vocal performance by a Youth Center resident and bike class student. The second presentation was a talk by a Youth Center aftercare resident.

Introductory remarks were made by Youth Center Director Richard Gray. A keynote talk was given by Retired Superior Court Judge John M. Phillips, founder of Rancho Cielo.

Mark Banks performed songs including John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Certificates of appreciation for providers came from California Senator Anthony Cannella, California Assembly Member Luis A. Alejo, Monterey County Supervisor Louis R. Calcagno, and Monterey County Probation Department Division Director Richard Gray and Probation Services Manager Joe Grammatico. Numerous local dignitaries were in attendance.

Certificates were presented by Probation Services Manager Joe Grammatico and Deputy Probation Officer Ana Argueta.

Following a video presentation with scenes from Youth Center activities, lunch was served.

The 11th Annual Appreciation Day Committee members were Ana Argueta, Novie Ayson-Blea, Maggie Contreras, Sandra Degnan, Janet Garibay, Patty Esparza, Richard Gray, Joe Grammatico, Anna Jimenez, Jeff Johnson, Desiree Saldana, and Mary Unruh-Tipton.

Want to be be part of helping to meet the needs of these local youth, like the 30 providers below? Have skills or enthusiasm to support youth in bicycling? See Especially needed at this time is someone to help with admin tasks–a Bicycle Class Coordinator–to help keep this class rolling in its third year. See

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Click name above image to learn about the instructor.

 Frank Henderson

Frank Henderson April 2014 CA Assembly

Luciano Rodriguez

Luciano Rodriguez April 2014 CA Assembly

Mari Lynch

Mari Lynch April 2014 CA Assembly

Complete list of community members and collaboratives
honored April 30, 2014 for their dedication to youth
of the Monterey County Youth Center
Arts Council of Monterey County
Bicycling Monterey
Bunny Crown Packing
California Youth Outreach
Calvary Chapel
Catholic Charities
California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG)
Cypress Community Church
Hartnell College
Healey Mortuary
Honey’s Children
Monterey County Behavioral Health
Monterey County Health Department
Monterey County Office of Education
One Stop Career Center
Peacock Acres
Presbyterian Church
Rancho Cielo/Drummond Culinary Academy
Real Choices
Sacred Heart
Salvation Army
SPCA of Monterey County
Sunrise House
Silver Star Resource Center
Turning Point
United Evangelical Church
Victim Impact
Young Fathers

Bicycling Monterey joins the Youth Center in appreciating all of the above, along with the youth, who inspire this support.

This post was published on 29 June 2017. One or more changes last made to this post on 18 November 2023.

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