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Joan Macy School (JMS) is a specialized, Non-Public School located on the campus of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (D&M) in La Verne. Joan Macy School serves females and those who identify as female, whose needs and challenges may be quite complex.. Students are referred by their school districts which includes Glendora, Covina, Pomona, Walnut, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, El Monte and more.

The silent auction is happening now! All proceeds support children, youth & young adults with a history of foster care. Some items include a 4 pack of Disney Park Hopper tickets, a night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, wi...

Only 26 and already over a decade of volunteering experience, Ruth is truly an inspiring young woman.

Having a meaningful job helps give Tabitha's life purpose.

Dave & Maggie's Cafe debuts art exhibit by youth with a history of foster care

Joan Macy School welcomes students back for the 2019-20 school year

The youth's first field day was a great day enjoyed by D&M residents and staff! Staff and youth engaged in good old-fashioned activities like water balloon tosses, sack races, sponge competitions, ring toss, bubble stations and more!

Starting this month, the walls at Dave and Maggie's Café will feature art by young adults who are part of the Transitional Housing Programs.

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows people to connect to their community and make it a better place. Helping out with even the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people that David & Margaret serves.

Brian Bowcock's life is a testament to his passionate devotion to helping people, especially young ones. His services go above and beyond. Whether it’s coaching little league, mentoring a foster child, serving on a community college foundation board, or simply making access to city services easier for people, he’s done it.

David, Scott, Christopher and Matthew make up a wonderful family brought together in an extraordinary way!

The Learning Enhancement Center has been turning learning disabilities into learning abilities since 1990! Helps thousands of families take control of their life!

Beverly is preparing to retire this month after 28 years with David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. Since she has been such a big part of what we do, we asked her to be our “5 Questions” interviewee for the month. Enjoy retirement, Bev – you’ve earned it, but we will really miss you!

Community Staple offering favorite brand products and providing paid internships to youth and young adults with a history of foster care.

Meet Jazmin Coronado; a bright and hard working individual. At 18 years old she was living in a car, and

5 Questions: an interview with Cristina Romero, A.M. Counselor, DUCO

Dave and Maggie's Café is excited to announce their new pastry source! We spoke with Annie, owner of Heritage Baking for the inside scoop!

In honor of Father’s Day and a special dad who makes a difference. Whether you are a bio parent, step parent, foster parent, god parent, special relative/mentor there are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of a child and on this father’s day we celebrate all the men making a difference.

In honor of Pride Month and Father's Day we have asked Peter Gandolfo, an executive coach with www.GandolfoGroup.com and a father of two, to share his path to parenthood and how interconnected that path was to his coming out as a gay man.

A former David & Margaret resident rises above addiction.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services has a long-standing relationship with a unique group of women.

Luis was 6 years old when he was picked up from school and placed into foster care. Through many struggles he's managed to grow into an extraordinary young man.

David & Margaret is dedicated to providing support to children, youth and families involved in foster care. In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month we are pleased to announce progressive steps to further support team members involved in the foster care system.

Meet David, a DUCO case manager!

San Dimas Chamber of Commerce provides internships to former foster youth at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and our theme for the observance is “It Takes a Village.” In this post, we talked to Dan about his and his wife’s experiences as foster/adoptive parents.

Meet Domeo, newest intern at Dave and Maggie's Café!

Hop Skip Drive, helping youth in foster care and families across the nation.

May is National Mental Health Month. Why should that be important to you?

National Mental Health Month aims to increase the awareness and understanding of mental health throughout the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the U.S. more than 44 million people - one in six adults - suffer from mental illness.

Mo Williams, BUSD shares insights into the village supporting youth in foster care.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month (NFCAM), a time dedicated to raising awareness for all the children and youth in foster care. It is also when we honor the foster parents, families, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and members of the community who have a role in supporting youth who experience foster care!

Sadie looks forward to a teaching career, and eventually, a family of her own. To both, she will bring to bear not only a fine education, but perspective on life shaped by her experiences as a former foster child who is a success story.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to honor this occasion we have asked Courtney O’Steen, a child abuse survivor, and Mrs. California 2019 to share a few words with our readers. 

Thank you to each of the 539 community members who came out to the David & Margaret 44th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It was such a fun and joyful day! There were balloon twisters, face painters, easter egg dyeing, lots of games, live music, photo booths, and Easter Egg Hunt, and of course a visit from the one and only Easter Bunny.

Since the café opened in 2017, we’ve been making changes to meet the demands of our customers and to give interns more valuable work experience. Recent improvements to the café include it opening earlier, offering Wi-Fi, and wonderful espresso drinks are now available, hot or cold. The décor is being brightened up, and watch for new menu items beginning in May!

5 Questions: An Interview with Marlyn Medina, social worker, Transitional Housing Programs

David & Margaret is fortunate to have close to 200 volunteers annually who donated almost 9,000 hours of volunteers service in 2018!

On a recent Thursday afternoon, David & Margaret Youth and Family Services welcomed a very special group of forty plus guests to our volunteer recognition event at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services' 44th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - and our first-ever La Verne Business Scavenger Hunt - has something for everyone in the family!

Amaryllis Watkins has seen David & Margaret from every angle: placement worker, mentor, volunteer and now board member.

Inside look at Sabina Sullivan!

An interview with Lisa Pittman!

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is grateful for the women who work here to help provide for and nurture the future women history makers each and every day! Thank you Shelia, Noemy, Linda and all the women of David & Margaret for all you do to Renew Hope and Inspire Change.

The Joan Macy School Award Ceremony Banquet was held recently.  It was a full room overflowing with love and laughter. Friends and families enjoyed an Italian dinner and chocolate strawberry cake. Teachers shared meaningful stories honoring the students’ hard work, dedications, and improvements. Director Charles Rich started off the ceremony congratulating all the students and teachers on their collective efforts. Many students received awards but most notable were Andre, Carlotta, and David & Margaret resident Leilani. It was inspiring and emotional listening to their teachers present the awards.

Former foster youth Joy Clarke’s recent graduation from Cal Poly Pomona is a testament to her laser-sharp focus on her future.

Don’t try this at home. I am fifty years old, and I have been dealing with this disorder on and off for 38 years. You do not want this. You do not want the secrecy, the self-loathing, the selfishness, the obsessive thoughts, the destructive feelings. You do not want the fear of a ruptured esophagus or eroded teeth or an erratic heartbeat. You do not want to feel death is better than life.

Throughout history, African Americans have been left out of the narrative. Stories had been told without all the leading characters. African American History Month began as a way to correct that injustice; a way to remember influential people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.

Meet Linda, and find out about her fascinating international background!

Maria was born into the foster system, living with a variety of foster families and attending many schools. “My experience? It was good, all my social workers were nice, friendly...

A local youth shares her experience regarding Teen Domestic Violence. "When I was 15 I met a boy online. He went to my school - so I knew he was safe to talk to. Online predators are all adults, right?"

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    463

  • Volunteer Hours

    6,454

  • Youth Internship Hours

    2880

  • Housing Provided

    87

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