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Dear SV2 Partners and Friends,

We have much to celebrate this month at SV2!

First, it is just one week until SV2’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, April 7. We are excited to celebrate the milestones that we have achieved together and approach our next 15 years with even more energy and inspiration. We will honor our Grantees, our dedicated Partners and their invaluable contributions, and a handful of early SV2 supporters without whom our work would not have been possible - the recipients of the 2014 Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen SV2 Social Impact Award.

In addition, at the Celebration, we will give you a sneak preview of SV2's newly approved future strategic direction. While this will be just an initial look, we invite you for a deeper conversation at May's First Friday lunch. RSVP now to the 15th Anniversary Celebration and the First Friday.

We also are thrilled to announce that SV2's At-Risk Youth Grant Round has selected SV2's newest Grantee -- The Art of Yoga Project! Stay tuned as we announce the Education and Environment Grantees in the next two Enewsletters.

Last, we wanted to make sure that you are aware of some unique opportunities for learning coming up soon:

1) Partner Gina Jorasch has opened the doors for a once-in-lifetime travel experience for SV2 Partners to Rwanda in October 2014. Interested Partners should listen to this webinar from ThinkImpact and contact Saul Garlick ASAP to express interest.

2) SV2 is seeking a couple of students to join our staff this summer -- a Programs and Operations Intern and a Strategic Initiatives Summer Fellow. Please feel free to share these opportunities broadly.

-Team SV2 | Christine, Elizabeth, Jen & Lisa

At-Risk Youth 2014 Grantee: The Art of Yoga Project

The Art of Yoga Project (AYP) is the At-Risk Youth grant round 2014 awardee! AYP's mission is "to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others, and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change." Watch video.

The combination of art and yoga, taught by specially trained yoga teachers and art therapists, provides a safe outlet for the young women to push and test boundaries and to create a new sense of self. The program aims to break the cycle of trauma caused by violence - whether witnessed, experienced or self-inflicted - and build an awareness that each individual can be more than the label "at-risk."

Many thanks to the grant round leaders, Partners Laura Kupor and Lindsay Austin Louie. In addition to the $120,000 core support over 3 years, SV2 Partners will engage in beyond the dollars support.

May First Friday: SV2's Future

SV2’s Strategic Planning Working Group co-chairs Nancy Heinen, Bill Brownell and Jen Ratay invite Grantees, Partners and interested guests to come hear an overview of SV2’s new strategic direction. Alexa Culwell of Philanthropy Futures, SV2's consultant, will facilitate. This marks the culmination of an open eight-month long reflection process led by the Board Strategic Planning Working Group that has involved SV2 Grantees, Partners (past, present and future), field leaders and many others. We're looking forward to sharing what we've learned and engaging you in plans for taking SV2 into its next exciting phase of impact. Please join us! RSVP.

SV2's 'virtual' structure and great staff make it easy to participate as much or as little as anyone wants and to 'drop in' or 'drop out' as people's schedules or life demands dictate. 

Helen Ingerson,
SV2 Partner

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