The Origins of Sun Youth
Sun Youth was created by Earl De La Perralle, Sid Stevens and a group of young people from the St-Louis neighbourhood. That was in 1954. With the profits they made from The Clarke Street Sun newspaper, later known as The Sun Youth Organization, they encouraged youths in their neighbourhood to practice their favorite sport, by supplying those who needed it with sports equipment and even, sometimes, food assistance.
Sun Youth’s Mission
“Today, the mission of Sun Youth is very wide. It consists in providing emergency services to the largest number of people in need”, states Ernie Rosa, Director of Property management at Sun Youth. Let’s mention that during his 27-year career at Sun Youth, Ernie served as Director of Sports and Recreation for a long time.
His Father’s Wish
Terry Pomerantz and the Pomerantz Foundation have been supporting Sun Youth since 2005. Following a wish expressed by his father Saül, Terry Pomerantz and the Pomerantz Foundation gave, in 2005, a first donation of $100,000 to Sun Youth: “As a single condition for this donation, Terry asked Sun Youth to use the money for projects that we couldn’t complete just by ourselves, like the computerization of our services, for example”, recalls Ernie Rosa.
Following that, Terry Pomerantz will do a lot more for Sun Youth than what his father had asked of him!
$100,000… every year!
Ernie Rosa continues: “The generosity of Terry Pomerantz and the Pomerantz Foundation has never diminished. Since 2005, the Pomerantz Foundation has been presenting us with $100,000 every year, to carry out projects that allowed us to be much more productive. Thanks to this entirely selfless support, Sun Youth has helped a greater number of people while developing better services.”
“Since 2005, every year, Terry Pomerantz calls us personally to know if we have specific needs. Never did Terry Pomerantz nor the Foundation ask us for any kind of recognition. Their help is entirely selfless. Even if Terry Pomerantz has never asked us for it, every trimester, we send him a report describing how we spend each dollar donated by the Foundation. Terry trusts us completely”, states Ernie Rosa gratefully.
How to Help Sun Youth?
Each and every one of us can help Sun Youth support the most disadvantaged and prevent crime among young people through education and sport. Directly on the Sun Youth website, at all times, we can make a donation and offer our services as volunteers. It’s a fine way for each and everyone, collectively, to show Terry Pomerantz and the Pomerantz Foundation that their generosity inspires us and spurs us to pay it forward!