SOY to show off at open house Friday

A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit known for providing students with academic support is opening its doors Friday to show interested students and parents that if offers a whole lot more.

Save Our Youth, or SOY, is hosting its first Back to School Night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the SOY Center, 661 Hamilton St. Despite financial troubles, SOY still has much to offer.

"We were really getting excited about letting people know SOY is still strong and vibrant," said Mary Cappellini, a SOY board member and fundraising coordinator.

Families can tour SOY's facilities on the Rea Elementary School campus starting at 5 p.m. before the main program starts at 6 p.m. SOY offers students dance and fitness classes, art and music classes, a girls group, a monthly hiking program and other field trips on top of its academic program.

Classes begin next week. For a full list of classes offered, visit

SOY is also looking for volunteers for its hiking excursions, among other programs. Anyone interested can call Operations Manager Silvia Rosales at (949) 548-8501.

—Britney Barnes

Twitter: @britneyjbarnes

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