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Bringing our love to Those in need

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

BY THE NS EDITORS | MAY 25, 2017

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. 
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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!

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Community day of love & service!

We've made it a goal to host a community event every month to finish out 2016! Join us on Sunday 9/25 for a day of yoga, activities, and serving the local homeless. 

The last time we got together for a day like this, the positive vibes were strong:

We love making care package goodie bags that are useful for the local homeless folks. Below are some items we purchased all thanks to previous financial donations!

We'll also be getting some dry food & snacks with the goal of making 60 goodie bags. If you have other ideas let us know by reaching out to info@eayikes.org or on social media somewhere :)

If you're coming, please RSVP (click)! Thanks everybody!

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