Youth First Texas reorganizes board, adds bilingual counselor

Youth First Texas reorganized its board of directors, naming Chris-James Cognetta as the sole board chairman.
“We are actively recruiting new board members and, as always, volunteers,” Cognetta said.

YFT added a bilingual counselor to its counseling program to serve the growing number of Hispanic youth accessing services at the center. Bilingual coming out and parents groups will start later this spring.

Although the annual Gayla Prom may be delayed until fall, YFT is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and a Spring Formal.

Over the next year or two, there may be some major expansion as the organization is in talks with potential chapters in Denton, Tarrant County and San Antonio.

“We’re partnering with the Safe Schools Initiatives, and offering SAT and GED camps this summer for youth who are college bound or need to get their GED,” Cognetta said.

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Reverchon Park cleanup moved to March 17 due to weather

The Reverchon Park cleanup scheduled for Saturday, March 10, has been postponed to March 17 due to expected rain.

Projects include planting flower beds, removing fallen tree limbs, clearing out trash and revitalizing the baseball complex and sand volleyball court.

Registration and orientation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

The Reverchon Roundup takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Then a free picnic lunch will be served to volunteers.

Volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and shoes. If available, bring gloves, rakes and small hand tools.

Parking is available in the garage and surface lots at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital adjacent to Reverchon Park.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Volunteer Services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) at or call 214-559-7825.      

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 9, 2012.