Monday, March 29, 2021

The PAL Career Cafe is Accepting Applications

The Fairfield PAL Career Cafe is taking applications the last student cohort!

Get your fresh blend of job skills—and earn a $1,200 stipend in only 80 hours!

The PAL Works! Career Café Program prepares local teens to build job skills and a career road map that will enable them to get a head start in the employment sector and career development. Teens selected for the program receive 60 hours of job exposure and 20 hours of strengths-based training. Fellows who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $1,200 stipend scholarship. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

For more information or to request an application, please call 422 6288 or email us at Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. This program is made possible with support from the Solano County Community Investment Fund.

The Fairfield PAL Program is open to Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis Students enrolled ages 13-18 who are enrolled in school. Memberships are FREE and can be applied for at the Fairfield Community Center by calling (707) 428-7435.

PAL uses traditional recreational programming to create an environment that draws young people to support the development of the social and emotional skills required to promote a positive self-identity and become productive and engaged members of our community. By offering teens programs they are interested in and choices, it becomes possible to slip in pro social skill building and development utilizing youth development practices and techniques.

For more information about these PAL activities, please call 707-422-6288 or visit the program’s webpage at under the Quick Links or follow us in real time by visiting the program’s Facebook page at @Fairfieldpal1, Twitter at @pal-fairfield, and Instagram at ff_pal_center

Friday, March 26, 2021

Community Day Clean Up

Safety is our number one priority, so the Matt Garcia Foundation has cancelled February’s community day clean-up due to the widespread of COVID-19 in Solano County. Although we cannot meet this month, we encourage you to take time to individually clean-up your own neighborhoods. Stay safe by wearing a mask and disposable gloves while picking up trash. Please check the Matt Garcia Foundation website for any changes in future community clean-ups and other events.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Helping Others Makes Us Happier -- But It Matters How We Do It

Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact -- and boost our own happiness along the way -- if we make one key shift in how we help others. "Let's stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure," Dunn says.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

3 Myths to Happiness | Brian Tracy

Just as the natural physical state is health and vitality, the natural emotional state is peace and happiness. Your feeling of inner happiness is there to tell you what you should be doing more or less of. Let's talk about the three major myths about happiness that each of us has to some degree.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Rediscovering Hope Through Self-Forgiveness

Even as a high school football star, Billy fell into a dark tunnel. Within a 9-month period, Billy’s two most important people were killed and he felt responsible for both deaths. He found his light switch after 20 years of incarceration, which led him to rediscover hope through self-forgiveness.

"I see myself as caring, earnest, loyal and full of life. I want to bring happiness to a person’s day. If I notice someone isn’t happy or feeling well, I want to make him smile. I find joy and passion in team settings; I love to work with others. What got us where we’re at does not need to define us. I love sports and working out."

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life

"Life is to be lived... lived before you die. Don’t waste a second of this precious gift You’re here for a reason, never stop asking WHY"

7 Things I Need To Tell You About Life:

1. Life is not meant to be so serious. Make time for fun, for joy, for play.
2. Circumstances will NEVER define you... unless YOU decide to let them.
3. If you don’t learn to control your mind, your mind will control you.
4. Make a PLAN... but go with the FLOW as well.
5. You’ll never be able to please everyone.
6. You won’t be happy if you’re being someone else trying to fit in with others - Be yourself and do it with pride!
7. Those who are stuck in their own misery will try and drag you into their dark hole. Don’t let anyone steal your joy.