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Eayikes, Non-Profit Empowering Youth

BY MELATI CITRAWIREJA | OCTOBER 26, 2016

Listening breaks down walls and changes lives.

Eayikes [say E-Yikes] is a non-profit built by 3 friends – Alex, Kyle, and Ray – that’s creating safe, creative spaces to help young folks make positive changes in their lives and their worlds. They aim to teach kids how to really listen and cultivating wonder.

“You’ll hear other people’s stories and experiences, things that haven’t happened to you and you can take their stories and add it to your life. Slowly you’ll let down your walls, you’ll break free and start your own thinking,” says Jahleel, an Eayikes Camper.


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SAYING "EAYIKES!" WITHOUT FEAR:

By Jed Oelbaum

June 23, 2014

Ray Ricafort was bummed. He had been volunteering at Beach High, a remedial high school in Long Beach, CA, and was sure he’d been getting through to the kids. “I just had this idea that I’d come in, and it would be all good,” he says. Ricafort had shown up once a week to lead diversity exercises and conversations, show videos, and help to build a sense of community among the students. He had gotten to know a few of them pretty well, and felt like they were finally warming up to him. So last year, when he and a group of college friends established a free summer camp with the exclamatory name “Eayikes,” he was pretty disappointed when none of his Beach High School students showed up.

Once summer came around,” says Ricafort, “and we got the venue and the insurance, they started dropping off one by one. It really hurt me, and I decided that if I’m going to do this, I better go all in”—which he did: He quit his job as tour director of the media production company Roadtrip Nation so he could work with young people full-time.......


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EYE ON ART: EAYIKES CAMP TEACHES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT ART: 

By Elizabeth Thomas

September 7, 2013

Eayikes! It's not an exclamation, it's an amazing program for high school students that just completed its first "camp." The challenge now is using only 550 words to give it due.

Eayikes Founder and Organizer, Ray Ricafort, collected 20 of the most amazing and accomplished young adults and turned them into "Tribe Leaders.'

Over three days, they mentored, instructed, enlightened and hugged 13 lucky Long Beach kids, ages 14 to 19 years of age, working from the ArtExchange complex downtown..........