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SEWI to Host Fundraiser in May

The Social & Emotional Wellness Initiative (SEWI was originally created at a local Boys & Girls Club ten years ago. Founder and Executive Director Sarah Young-Sheppard, a social worker, saw a need for mental health services for youth, and an increased need for young people to learn about social and emotional wellness.


On Saturday, May 4 from 1 p.m. -3 p.m., SEWI will be hosting a spring fundraiser in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The fundraiser, Croquet & Cocktails, will be held at Blackberry Creek Farm in Topanga. There will be delicious tacos, tasty treats, refreshing cocktails, fun games and activities for all ages, and silent auction items. 


The entrance to Topanga Canyon from Pacific Coast Highway will be closed. Go to Topanga Canyon Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. Head west into the canyon. The farm is near the top.  Contact Nicole Badgley-Powers at for more details about the event.


The original program expanded to several different clubs and local schools, and became its own nonprofit organization five years ago.  The organization hosts master’s level social work interns who are provided with clinical training. Each is then placed at a site to provide direct youth mental services.


In addition to providing direct youth services, SEWI helps build the knowledge base of youth organizations and companies by developing a social and emotional wellness curriculum, as well as facilitating and coordinating staff training and development workshops that focus on social and emotional needs at an organizational level. Since the inception of our program, SEWI is proud to have helped thousands of lives in numerous ways:  


Since the inception of their program, SEWI is proud to have helped thousands of lives in numerous ways:  

• Over 3,000 youth-provided programs and support services to reduce emotional distress and anxiety. 

• Over 100 Master of Social Work (MSW) interns placed at our youth serving partner organizations to provide mental health services support and resources.

• Over 4,000 educators and youth development professionals provided resources and training to support the youth they serve through the challenges of their ever-changing world. 


Please email if you have any other questions. 

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