E3 Youth Philanthropy brings holiday cheer to youth in custody

Carol Rhoads, a Santa Clara County juvenile justice commissioner, reached out to Judy Crates, director of LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program. E3 offers local high school students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy and gain hands-on leadership experience in grantmaking and service to nonprofit organizations.

Rhoads explained that the holiday season would be bleak for 75 teens in custody at Santa Clara Juvenile Hall and James Ranch, because the annual Santa Visits gift program was no longer available. With additional complications due to the pandemic, it looked like there would be little joy for the incarcerated teens over the holiday.

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