Are You Up For The My Friend’s Place #GivingTuesday Challenge?!
This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting the creative programming at My Friend’s Place that empowers homeless young people to discover their identities and tap into their greatest potential.
Your participation in our #GivingTuesday Challenge can make a tremendous impact for the young people at My Friend’s Place. Together, if we raise $5,000 today, we can:
- Provide one year of creative and living arts programming for 10 youth
- Offer 500 hours of paid youth internships
- Support 200 hours of expert instructor time across various creative arts workshops
- Host 20 cultural and creative experience field trips around Los Angeles
We know that storytelling can be a powerful experience, especially for the young people we serve here at My Friend’s Place. Put a camera in their hands and make space for their ideas, vision and voice, and the results are rather extraordinary. Earlier this year, with the support of our partners at the Happy Hippie Foundation, My Friend’s Place recruited five youth to be the aforementioned interns to create an original video. This wasn’t just your average film shot on an iPhone. With the guidance of the experts at Scheme Machine Studios and Let’s Build, our five young people not only created the concept and storyboard for the video, but shot, starred in and help to edit the final product, seen below.
During the production process, the five youth participants realized there was a common theme in all of their experiences at My Friend’s Place, which came to shape the film’s overall direction. While each young person shared that they initially came to My Friend’s Place in search of meeting a basic need, be it a meal, clothing or just a safe space from the stress of the streets, what they ended up finding at My Friend’s Place was something far more significant. They found their identities beyond being a young person struggling with homelessness. Through the programming offered at My Friend’s Place, they tapped into their creativity, their passion and their greater sense of self.