The Ballmer Group Invests In My Friend’s Place

With a multi-year grant, the Ballmer Group invests in My Friend’s Place’s programming to support transition to self-sufficiency for youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

My Friend’s Place has been awarded a multi-year $375,000 grant from the Ballmer Group as part of the first philanthropic investments by Connie and Steve Ballmer in Los Angeles. This new partnership with the Ballmer Group will support My Friend’s Place in providing a comprehensive continuum of care for nearly 1,500 youth ages 12 to 25 experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles this year.

“The Ballmer Group is honored to support My Friend’s Place as it works to improve the lives of homeless youth in Los Angeles,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, The Ballmer Group. “We believe that by providing innovative, evidence-informed care in a low-barrier environment, My Friend’s Place is helping Los Angeles’s most vulnerable youth move toward stability and self-sufficiency.” The Ballmer Group supports initiatives and organizations aimed at improving economic mobility for children and families in the United States.

“We are deeply grateful to the Ballmer Group, particularly at the beginning of their philanthropic endeavors in Los Angeles, as they take a stand by our side to address the issue of youth homelessness” said Heather Carmichael, Executive Director of My Friend’s Place. “The significance of this investment is extraordinary and will certainly go a long way toward transforming the lives of some of the most vulnerable young members of our community.”

The three years of unrestricted operating support from the Ballmer Group will provide My Friend’s Place the flexibility to continue to provide youth experiencing homelessness with diverse opportunities to engage in services that support a young person’s trajectory toward stability and self-sufficiency and integrate a new performance management system to demonstrate the impact of the programs and services provided by My Friend’s Place. The Baller Group’s support will also make it possible for My Friend’s Place to explore strategies that will support the long term sustainability of the organization and strengthens the commitment of My Friend’s Place to implementing innovative strategies and impactful programming to make transformative change possible for some of our community’s most vulnerable and disconnected youth.

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Coachella Weekend 2 Opportunity Drawing

We’ve got an incredible opportunity for you to win 2 General Admission wristbands and a car camping pass to Coachella Weekend 2 (April 21-23), featuring performances by Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, the XX, Bon Iver, Lorde, and many, many more! Coachella is happening this weekend in Indio, CA and these wristbands are sold out online!

Here’s how it works: Every $20 contribution to My Friend’s Place made before 12pm NOON on Thursday, April 20 gets you a ticket in the opportunity drawing. Every $20 you give is one (1) entry. You can give $20 for one entry, $40 for two entries, $60 for three entries, etc. Just go to www.myfriendsplace.org, hit the GIVE TODAY button and type “Coachella” in the notes section.

We’ll pull the winning ticket Thursday afternoon. After the winner is confirmed, you and your guest will be all set for two general admission wristbands and one car camping pass for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you so much for supporting the young people of My Friend’s Place!

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SEE ME

My Friend’s Place invites you to a special exhibition for one night only!

SEE ME A series of portraits by Jacek Laskus, featuring the youth of My Friend’s Place.

A timely and moving collection, SEE ME explores the diversity of ways in which young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles seek to craft identity and desire to be seen in the world.

Thursday, May 4 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Underground Museum
3508 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90018

Please RSVP by May 2 to Susan Zeren Dutra at sdutra@myfriendsplace.org

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The Corner Collective Website Is Live!

The Corner Collective is a gallery space for youth experiencing homelessness to exhibit and sell art, jewelry and design pieces produced entirely through the creative arts programming at My Friend’s Place. Previously located exclusively at My Friend’s Place and various pop-up events around Los Angeles, The Corner Collective can now also be found online, connecting the young artists of My Friend’s Place to individuals all over the world.

All art and design pieces displayed through The Corner Collective are for sale, with 80% of proceeds benefitting the individual artists and 20% benefitting the larger My Friend’s Place youth community. Please visit www.thecornercollective.org for more information, or e-mail development@myfriendsplace.org to schedule a time to visit The Corner Collective at My Friend’s Place.

The work featured in The Corner Collective is created through the Transformative Education Program at My Friend’s Place. Partnering with creative professionals in the community, the Transformative Education Program provides opportunities for youth to practice self expression, explore identity and develop marketable skills and competencies that support their journey toward lives of stability and self-sufficiency. To learn more about the comprehensive programming available to our young people at My Friend’s Place, please visit our website.

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Day & Night: Spring In-Kind Campaign

For homeless youth, the difference between being able to access the vital resources needed to survive and having to go without can be like the difference between day and night. This spring, help My Friend’s Place meet these critical needs of our young people by hosting a drive with your coworkers, classmates, family or friends!

Day & Night Wish List:
  • Hoodies
  • Jeans
  • Backpacks
  • Boxer Shorts
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Warm Socks
  • Flashlights

To schedule a drop off, please contact Dana Rust at 323-908-0011 ext. 124 or drust@myfriendsplace.org. For more information, please visit www.myfriendsplace.org.

*Artwork by a youth of My Friend’s Place

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