Newsletter August 2019


As we near the end of our third quarter, we are already looking into 2020. The COA team is rocking and rolling as we remain mission focused. We are being sought out by neighboring cities for our Thrive Alive program and are being considered or have received several grants. COA has timely and critical meetings with various groups and entities to continue with helping our youth.

Our COA Performers knocked it out of the park, at one event after another thanks to the incredible leadership of Joanie Angeli and her team of entertainers. Our dedicated pro volunteers and board of directors continue to help youth and seniors in our community become healthier versions of themselves.

We are very pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to be held on September 23rd at Bella Collina and are seeking silent, auction items, sponsors and golfers

Last year was very successful and we expect another stellar day of golf for All!

Shout out to sponsors: 
Stego Industries, Inc
Burns Investment Group
The Noble Path Foundation
San Clemente Dental Care
Lisa Newell Insurance Agency
HomeSmart Evergreen Realty
Realty One Group West
State Farm, Chris Dolkas agent
San Clemente Journal

Thank you to our Executive Director, Teri Steel for her vision and commitment to COA and our mission. She is executing our near term and long term goals as COA grows by leaps and bounds.  

We are so grateful for Stego Industries, our Founding Sponsor, for their continued commitment to the COA mission to help keep kids off drugs and alcohol through activities and education.  Their generosity is heartfelt and appreciated.

We continue reaching out to our current and new sponsors to grow our programs and sustain our administrative and organizational objectives.

Ed Molina, CEO


Teri Steel, Executive Director

The past few months have been a whirlwind of change in our effort to take COA Thrive Alive to the next level. Before I go into the successes and future programs I’d like to thank Michelle Hansen from The Arts Project of Orange County for sharing her space over the past 8 months during our transition. Because of her generosity we didn’t skip a beat. We held the Summer Kick Off Event with multiple agencies and the Soroptimist Girls Leadership two day workshop. Thank you!

Thank you Kiwanis for sponsoring the Summer Kick Off Event.

Community Outreach Alliance was selected by KRA Corporation to be a Knowledge 2 Career ‘K2C’ partner and provided three talented local youth to work over the summer in the capacity of graphic artist, business development and program strategists. We’re honored to be chosen and excited to continue helping young adults in our community build their resume.

Shout out to long term sponsor 12 South we’re super excited to collaborate on the Thrive Alive program. Thanks for sharing your space.
Thanks also to our Board Member Extraordinaire, Denise Ferrier, who helped create a space for our furniture to be put to good use.

Foundation Fitness has stepped up to collaborate with the COA Food Connection along with The Noble Path Foundation. This connection will not only provide a healthy space to house our pantry, we’re also going to show them how to prepare delicious and nutritious food from what they receive

We’re looking forward to introducing fitness opportunities to the COA Club.

The Night of Remembrance provides hope and understanding to those effected by addiction and overdose. COA Board Member Jodi Barber is a leader in the recovery and drug prevention movement.

Keenan & Associates had a Back to School Supply Drive and COA chose Mendocino Homes as the recipient as many have become part of the COA Club and need our help.


Hardman Invitational is just weeks away and we need volunteers. Please click the link to help at this amazing fundraiser for our cycling club. Every year, Program Leader Mike Russel outdoes himself in building this very popular program.

Exchange Club Fishing Collaboration is off to a great start. Thank you Chad Schiel for teaching COA Kids to Fish. Next date is 8/31 for families to fish.

Our wonderful coaches donate their time to introduce tennis to kids ages 10-18 for FREE. Make sure to contact to register if this is your child’s first time. Lessons are every other week (9/4, 9/18, 10/2) and a waiver is required.

FREE Teen Yoga at Sweat Sanctuary is expanding to include adults (donations accepted) and moving to Wednesday’s 7pm starting September 4th. Thank you Shelly Thomas for helping youth and their parents learn the importance of being flexible.


The Wellness & Prevention Coalition is a big part of COA’s outreach. Throughout the summer we collaborated to bring education, resources and advocacy in the area of teen alcohol and drug use. We’re super excited to receive coverage in the SC Times throughout the year. On the left is the adult team making plans and on the right are the youth ages 11-30 from all walks of life choosing healthy activities. The Summer Kick Off had 78 teen in attendance because it was fun & free thanks to the sponsors from SCHS COA Club, Kiwanis, OC Health, Waymakers, Explorers, COA, TAPOC, NCADD and Wellness & Prevention Center.

COA Club Rush is September 4th and we’re in for a great year with these students who attended a leadership training over the summer with the Soroptomist.

We are proud to announce COA received a Community Services Grant from the City of Mission Viejo to bring Thrive Alive to their wonderful city. In the following weeks we’re reaching out to their residents, businesses and service organization to help youth Thrive Alive in Mission Viejo.


Joanie Angeli, Music Outreach Coordinator
There were many events lined up for the summer with COA Performers providing live entertainment.

COA Summer Kick Off Festival
SC Car Show organized by DBA
Outlets at San Clemente with live acoustic performances
City of Mission Viejo July 4th Street Fair
Ocean Festival
Kaleidoscope Thrive Alive Mission Viejo Kick Off
SC Fiesta Music Festival organized by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerece
Baha’i Center Open Mic Night
Overall there were 29 different COA acts ~ 10/bands ~ 15/solo performers & 4/duos!Upcoming EventsSeptember 14, Coastal Relay for Life in Laguna Niguel and at the 2019 Hardman Classic in San Clemente.September 21, COA performers will be on stage at the San Clemente Fall Festival held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.September 23, at the 3rd annual COA Golf Classic fundraiser 2 COA performers during the silent auction/social hour.Please check out: to learn more about COA Outreach Performers and upcoming events.For any music related questions, please email Joanie at
I’d like to give recognition to Maria, (who‘s the mom of the lead guitarist from the Nuage band), who organized a COA fundraiser at Pure Pilates. Any fundraising ideas are welcome, so please contact me to discuss.

The Baha’i Center of San Clemente is now the Monday Night home for music and Improv. Our instructors are thrilled to have a professional theater to teach students. We will also collaborate with Family Game Nights & Open Mic Nights thanks to their amazing hospitality.

Comedian Bob Burns is returning in September to provide improv lessons.

The Laguna Playhouse provided opportunities throughout the summer for youth and family to experience the joy of watching live performances.

Shout out to Linda Fry & Paula Kohl for teaching the kids creative ways to spend their time over the Summer

Blair Veraza
Bilingual Health Educator
Prevention & Education

“COA gives youth a place to feel known, get connected with their peers, try new things, be mentored, lead, have fun, and thrive. Through COA’s various activities, youth find a space to talk about real issues they’re facing, learn how to live healthy lives, and discover who they are. Teri Steel, the staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to create this safe and healthy environment that our youth so desperately need. The work they do is fundamental in creating a healthy community. The best part? All of their services are free to the youth and families they serve. I always recommend COA to every parent I meet.”



Join us for a simply wonderful day of shopping and fun, as we raise funds for local non-profit organizations at our Fifth Annual Shopping Extravaganza.

Your $35 ticket includes a $25 donation to the charity of your choice and a full day of exclusive experiences:

Chance to win more than 1,800 prizes valued at $45,000

Deep discounts at more than 45 participating stores and eateries, including Nike Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Factory Store, Daisy Shoppe, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Hurley, LOFT Outlet, Le Creuset, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, White House Black Market and many more!

Catered lunch

Wine and cocktail tasting in the luxury VIP Lounge**

Entertainment and more…