West meets East


West meets East

Los Angeles is quite possibly one of the most diverse cities in the world. A place where numerous cultures call "home", this diversity is one of the most positively compelling aspects of Los Angeles. With diversity, however, there can also be a lack of understanding amongst neighbors. From language barriers to cultural norms to physical appearances, becoming closed off to those with differences can become a natural phenomena. 

This is where we come in. Through our foundation in diversity training, facilitation, and community building, Eayikes is a vessel for bringing people together. Cultivating an open mind and heart in others only really requires a role model, someone who takes the perceived social risk of stepping out of their comfort zone. Worried about looking like a "fool"? Don't worry, we have plenty of folks who'll lead the way in tomfoolery!

In our work we've found that pushing past comfort zones, beyond enriching self-esteem, blooms empathy. It even helps develop a stronger sense of purpose in youth, according to the Greater Good Science Center. This is why we recently took a group of West LA private high school seniors to downtown LA and into Skid Row. 

The national conversation on racism and social injustice can make you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But on a micro, local level, we can all choose to listen a little more, seek to understand a little more, and get uncomfortable a little more. From there, anything is possible.

"We must get 'proximate' to suffering and understand the nuanced experiences of those who suffer from and experience inequality. If you are willing to get closer to people who are suffering, you will find the power to change the world.” - Bryan Stevenson



Bringing our love to the world around us

Today we exercised our privilege to serve those less fortunate than us. Skid Row is a unique place, and depending on what you've heard it may bring up some unpleasant images/thoughts. But what has struck us the most as we've been building bridges within the community, is just that: the COMMUNITY. 
In a place that is too often brushed off as lesser than, we've found a strong sense of love, diversity, beauty, and self-determination within the human beings of Skid Row. So naturally, we wanted to bring out our community to put into practice all the empathy and compassion from our programs and explore how we could be, in the words of OG Man, "ask what the community needs and be good waiters"! Shoutout to Danny and Andrew of Skid Row Coffee, and OG Manuel Compito and Lynne Price of Barbed Wire Roses for welcoming us!
Nicole Nordstrom, a UCLA student and contributing writer from New Sincerity, joined us on this day of service and here's what she so eloquently wrote:

Service on Skid Row


A community in action.

New Sincerity contributing writer Nicole Nordstrom is a student at UCLA. She recently went down to Gladys Park in L.A.’s Skidrow to check out NS partners Eayikes and Skidrow Coffee in action. 
As soon as I entered Gladys Park, I was greeted with a warm hug by Alex Yoon. Alex is one of the founders of Eayikes, an organization activating young people to take ownership of, and instill positive change in, themselves and their community. After our hug, I was quickly taken to meet local community organizer working with Eayikes that day. His name was Manuel—or ‘OG Man’ as he’s known on the Row.

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Seed Arts Camp Showcase on Sunday!

This weekend, the Eayikes crew is embarking on our 3rd arts camp in LA, called Seed Arts. Back in 2013, our very first youth camp was an art-centered mentorship weekend in Long Beach, so this one is special to our hearts. The mission of our Seed Arts initiative is to facilitate a space of trust, connection, and self reflection through community and art. Our goal is to transform the way youth understand to connect, and create a-ha moments they can bring back to their lives. We believe the arts are powerful. They not only teach creativity and self-confidence, but can serve as a common ground to bring people together.

Throughout the weekend, the youth will participate in Art Labs, where they will learn the basics in photography, DJing, playing the ukelele, and work on a collective art piece. On Sunday night, we will be celebrating the works of our campers and our diverse community with a final art showcase at camp. We would love to have our friends and family join us at the showcase to celebrate their works and connect with the community!  

  • What: Seed Arts Camp Showcase
  • When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 - 6-7pm

  • Where: Fusion Academy

  • 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd, #100

  • Los Angeles, CA 90025


Check out our Seed Arts Camp 2016 HERE!

Send an email to alex@eayikes.org or ray@eayikes.org for more info!