We wanted to time travel back to the 2000’s so we hosted a youth mixer called Live Like the 2000’s. The mixer was for middle schoolers to high school not only to dance and meet each other, but to take pictures with friends behind a sparkly backdrop and even a CD wall. There were lots of raffle prizes to give out, where students were able to win a variety of different prizes such as: gift cards, a white board set, and acrylic painting set as well. To top it all, there was a prize of 200 dollars for any club with the most people who attended, and the club with the most attendance went to Grant Hmong Club. The other clubs who attended for the Club Spirit Award were Rio Linda Hmong club, Class of 2022, Class of 2021, and JFK Hmong club. Don’t worry, they didn’t leave empty handed. Thanks to our MC’s Misty Yang and Nathan Vue who held an exciting game of riff off at the beginning so that the students were able to become comfortable and get to meet different students. Another thanks to DJ David Cha who played amazing music that all the students seemed to enjoy and were bopping along with. With all the dancing there was also free pizza, turkey rolls, fruit punch, and cookies. The night was incredible and ended with a dance of the cha cha slide.
As a relaxing way to start off the weekend we hosted a free family movie night at Regal Natomas Marketplace. Not only was the movie free but we also gave out vouchers for a free drink and free small popcorn! The movie that we watched was called The Art of Racing in the Rain. It is a movie about a man named Denny Smith who is a Formula One race car driver who understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate everyday life. Besides his career, Denny has three loves of his life... his beautiful wife, their young daughter and his best friend, who is a dog that wants to be reincarnated into a human being. This movie was very heart warming, inspirational, tearful, and humorous at times as well. After the movie, many were touched by it. It was a great way to start a great weekend!
In honor of going back to school season, we celebrated the end of summer by having laser tag and a game truck brought out by GameTruck Sacramento from 6 PM - 9PM on August 30th, 2019. GameTruck Sacramento came out and set up a laser tag with laser guns right outside the HOPE Center. In the backyard of the center, the game RV was fully loaded with some video games right inside in the RV! Not only that, on the outside of the RV, you can play Mario Kart right on the side. How convenient is that?! After enjoying a game or two of laser tag and video games, we had hot dogs for dinner and cotton candy by KP Rentals for a sugar rush to get right back to the fun. We also gave out raffles prizes such as gift cards, water colors artist pack, and many more to our attendees. It was a treat to watch everyone participate and join in on the fun. See you all at our next Youth Pop Up!