Comment

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign!

Hey Y'all! We've got about a month left on our crowdfunding campaign push as we march towards building more programs and putting on more events to bring together people, connect them, then empower them to share their gifts with the world! We're at about 40% of our $6500 goal, but we're coming with reinforcements! Our buddies, The Kinjaz, will be releasing a video to their community to share the campaign and encourage donations for Eayikes! How sick is that!!??!

That marks just how big this time is right now. It's a point where all of our ideas and work that we've been putting in for the past 3 years has a real opportunity to break out form our small group of folks and into communities, social circles, and the many friends out there that we haven't met yet. It's hard to describe just the positivity that is circulating, in knowing that steps are happening now so that we can build a sustainable community of people that are motivated to give back, to support people, and to be the greatest version of themselves. There is nothing else that I would rather commit my life then to that cause right there!!!

Thanks for all the support and click the link below to check out the campaign!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/eayikes-transforming-lives-1-connection-at-a-time/x/5022601

Much Love,

Ray

Comment

The First Eayikes Pop-up Dinner Fundraiser

Comment

The First Eayikes Pop-up Dinner Fundraiser

On Saturday March 12, we hosted our very first Eayikes Pop-up Dinner experience, and what an awesome evening was shared with good friends and good eats! This has been an event we have wanted to put together for a long time, and we finally found a cause to make it happen. With a few upcoming youth and young adult projects, we knew we had to raise some funds, but it also happened to fall right before my birthday... two birds with one stone! 

One of the reasons I got so into cooking was the idea that nothing brings people together like a good meal, and some of my fondest memories with family and friends have been around a dinner table. Within Eayikes, our mission is to create spaces like this where people from all walks of life can connect and enjoy each other's company, why not share some delicious food too! Beyond just food and drinks though, we wanted to create an environment that supports creative expression while raising money for a good cause.

We reached out to our wonderful friend Stephanie from the Echo Park Garden Gallery, a great community space in East LA that has now hosted a few of our events. We planned out a 6-course meal, enlisted a few friends to help out... and our first pop-up dinner was created! We themed the meal from my favorite food region in the world, The Mediterranean. We had dishes from Spain, France, Italy and Greece. We also had some great wines of the region for everyone to enjoy with the food.  

Thanks to everyone who came out to support, we are all on an amazing journey together to make life a little more enjoyable, and your support is everything. We raised a few hundred dollars to support our programs and specifically our youth. Can't wait for round 2! 

~ Kyle

Here are some snapshots from the evening, although I wish I took more pics :(

Thankful Isa could help with the flowers and design, definitely not my strongest attribute

The setup before all the madness began

One of my awesome sous chefs Emily helping prep for the first courses

Isa and Moniqa plating one of the final dishes, thanks for all the help!

The last of the food, Spanish chorizo chicken and potatoes!

Emily's dope flyer she made for the event 

Emily's dope flyer she made for the event 

Comment

Comment

Fresh Faces, Same Mission

Our first camp for 2016 is in the books! Can I get a "woop woop"!? While it feels normal, if I take a step back I'm pretty friggin' amazed at this being our fifth camp thus far. It took a lot to execute our first, so this must mean we're doing something right... right? Shoutout to the team, all of our young leaders, partners in the community, and friends. Without everyone's help this love train would have stopped chugging a long time ago. I could go on & on, but hey, enough of me gushing... let's talk about camp!

So we saw the return of our first camp prototype, Arts Seed, but this time in Echo Park at the beautiful Echo Park Garden Gallery. 3 days of self-discovery, laughs, comfort-zone busting and community building! The intention of this year is to host 3 camps, where each camp serves as a stage and levels up as the year progresses. Exposing campers to creativity and community in order to inspire positive change is the mission of  camp #1, Arts Seed. Day 1 included lots of ice-breaking games, getting-to-know-your-neighbor activities, and introductions to the artlabs for the weekend: DJ, emcee, crafts, and photography.

After camp, those of us who could keep hanging out ventured into the city! We caused a friendly little ruckus at LACMA singing and climbing the light poles, continued connecting over some pizza & burritos, and caught the end of a wild Packers v. Cardinals game!

After camp, those of us who could keep hanging out ventured into the city! We caused a friendly little ruckus at LACMA singing and climbing the light poles, continued connecting over some pizza & burritos, and caught the end of a wild Packers v. Cardinals game!

Day 2 we welcomed some awesome LifeShop presentations, one by Willie who offered learnings from his path that started with him working construction in his hometown in Idaho to taking a risk moving to California and now having his hands in multiple amazing projects such as Creative Director of one of our favorites, Roadtrip Nation! There were more skits, games, artlab practice time, and activities like this one where tribes wrote down and shared their most pressing goals:

Staffers & campers all freshly fitted, thanks to LIfeShop Presenter & Tribe Leader Jason who works at New Era!

Staffers & campers all freshly fitted, thanks to LIfeShop Presenter & Tribe Leader Jason who works at New Era!

Shoutout to our behind-the-scenes folks, who are not only killin' the mentorship, but also the cooking game!

Shoutout to our behind-the-scenes folks, who are not only killin' the mentorship, but also the cooking game!

A camper's insta reflection at the end of the night. We love you Kai!

A camper's insta reflection at the end of the night. We love you Kai!

Our emcees getting down on a writing exercise... and some donuts! Mmmmhm!

Our emcees getting down on a writing exercise... and some donuts! Mmmmhm!

SoSoJeff from local non-profit (and one of our inspirations) Culture Shock LA sharing his craft as a DJ/turntablist.

SoSoJeff from local non-profit (and one of our inspirations) Culture Shock LA sharing his craft as a DJ/turntablist.

Day 3 was the awesome culmination of everyone's commitment to authenticity and vulnerability. Tribes reflected about the weekend, campers and staffers up'd their competitiveness on Ladderball, and silliness of course reached its peak! It was a beautiful day, ending with campers finalizing touches on their artlab of choice and preparing the space for the showcase!

Huge thanks to Artslab & Tribe Leader Lily for facilitating the arts & crafts!

Huge thanks to Artslab & Tribe Leader Lily for facilitating the arts & crafts!

Sorting through the prints from their disposable camera photo project!

Sorting through the prints from their disposable camera photo project!

Warming up!

Warming up!

We wish we could have recorded the whole showcase; to say the least it was mad hype being amongst parents, Stephanie the venue owner, campers, and staffers freestyle rapping and getting their groove on! But fear not, here are some highlights :D

Lastly, on the last day we asked campers to explain in their own words, "What is Eayikes?". We also had them do an interpretive dance, but we'll save that video for later. Peace!

<3 Yooney

Comment