Phoenix House

Alumni Luncheon and Opening of Fitness Studio for Girls at Phoenix House Academy
(October 27, 2012)


On Saturday, October 27, 2012, the new Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio will be unveiled at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles (11600 Eldridge Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342). The Ribbon-cutting Ceremony will conclude the Annual "Celebrate Success" Alumni Luncheon (at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), during which the representatives of the Women Helping Youth nonprofit organization will serve as keynote speakers.

During the Luncheon, Women Helping Youth will be formally recognized for their generosity. The event will also feature the recognition of outstanding volunteers and staff that make Phoenix House such an effective treatment program. After the Luncheon and the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, guided tours of the facility will be available.

What: "Celebrate Success" Alumni Luncheon and Grand Opening of the Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio
Where: PhoenixHouseAcademy ofLos Angeles,11600 Eldridge Avenue,LakeViewTerrace,CA91342
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Who: RSVP to Jennifer McKinney at: 818 686 3180, jmckinney@phoenixhouse.org

The Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles will be dedicated for use by teenage girls who are receiving comprehensive treatment in Phoenix House Academy's Amethyst Unit, that each year serves more than 160 teenage girls struggling with histories of substances abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. As girls receive counseling, mental health, educational and family services at Phoenix House Academy, they also work through issues related to poor self esteem and body image dysmorphia. The dedicated Fitness Center will provide a safe space for young women dealing with emotional and physical issues related to both adolescence and recovery.

Women Helping Youth, created in 2006 by Jill Weintraub, Moira Tenzer, and Debbie Schermer, is a women's philanthropic organization committed to improving the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and young adults in need in the Greater Los Angeles area. Each member of the organization donates $1,000 annually. Through research and outreach several potential grant recipients are identified and presented to members who then select the projects that they want to support by casting votes with rankings of potential partners. The awards are based on these combined rankings and the grants are used to fund tangible, sustainable projects in greater L.A. The founders state: "By combining our resources, we are able to make a larger impact than we can alone. We are successful because of the generosity of our members who believe in the power of community giving."

A state-of-the-art Fitness Studio has just been built at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles. A non-profit organization, Women Helping Youth, provided generous funding for the new facility, which is commemoratively named the Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio. The Grand Opening took place on October 27, 2012 at the Academy in Lake View Terrace, during the annual "Celebrate Success" Alumni Event. Representatives of the Women Helping Youth attended the event as keynote speakers.

The Women Helping Youth Fitness Studio features professional-grade, state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Cardiovascular machines, along with weights, resistance bands, exercise balls, and yoga mats provide many opportunities to develop personal fitness to the female clients of Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles. Body image, self esteem, emotional balance, and overall lifestyle can be improved by physical exercise. The safe, comfortable atmosphere of the gym will facilitate the ongoing process of recovery by granting an optimal space for personal fitness needs.

Women Helping Youth, created in 2006 by Jill Weintraub, Moira Tenzer, and Debbie Schermer, is a women's philanthropic organization committed to improving the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and young adults in need in the Greater Los Angeles area. Each member of the organization donates $1,000 annually; a committee reviews proposals and the awards are made to deserving projects. Phoenix House's award is one of the largest in the organization's history.

Each year, Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles serves more than 160 teenage girls (ages 13-17), struggling with of substances abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. The young women attend classes at the on-site accredited high school, participate in therapeutic activities and treatment sessions, extracurricular activities that include music lessons at the professionally-equipped music studio, and engage in family visits on the weekend. Residential and outpatient treatment services are also available to teenage boys, age 13-17.

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