Our Youth Group offers teens a supervised opportunity to meet other teens, do wonderful things and be an active part of our community.
The RECA Youth Group serves about 50 teen with an average attendance of 10-20 kids. Older pre-teens sometimes come with their teen brothers and sisters. College students and young adults in their early 20's continue coming as staff assistants. The teens meet at our Center on the first Friday of each month. They socialize, cook, eat pizza, play video games and plan their activities. Activities include community service such as working with the Sonoma County Volunteers to clean up Santa Rosa Creek or a beach at the ocean, with local missions to serve food, read stories to children at libraries or hospitals, give performances of cultural dance to businesses and organizations, teach elders or children Mah Jong, be junior staff on RECA events such as our Chinese New Year Celebration, and host special guests. They earn money for special trips such as bowling, swimming, Marine World, and skiing.
For further information, call Ruth and Bob Hickman, teen chaperones, 707-537-8820. See what the latest activities on our newsletter.
Many RECA teens study martial arts at Li's Tai Chi Acadamy. Two of our teens are '06 international champions. Jimmy Chhiu and Daniel Kerry (L&R front) with their coach, Justin Eggart, a Youth Group graduate and an international martial arts champion, returned from China with gold and silver trophies in Traditional Wushu martial arts. Jimmy and Danny are also both senior Lion Dancers.
Faced with teen gangs and the general violence of living in today's society, the RECA Youth Group hosted Sonoma County District Attourney and his staff (seated and to his left) for a talk and a question and answer session. Teens, parents and many interested adults attending this highly beneficial meeting.
RECA teens are often the highlight of community cultural outreach. Working with Li's Tai Chi Acadamy, teens are frequently featured in martial arts performances as well as cultural dance performances.
RECA teens are in charge of organizing games for themselves and younger kids at the RECA Annual Picnic each August. Teens also sell beverages and receive the proceeds to help pay for their many activities.