Support “The Shift” At My Friend’s Place

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My Friend’s Place is proud to introduce our newest program, The Shift—an intensive employment readiness program that helps homeless youth see a more stable future for themselves and to pursue meaningful steps toward self-sufficiency by building internal assets and work readiness skills in a safe and supported environment.

The Shift, which will serve 30 homeless youth in the program’s first year, provides each participant with 22 weeks of case management, specialized weekly support with an Employment Specialist and more than 150 hours of onsite experiential learning through a supported internship at My Friend’s Place. Unlike more traditional job readiness programs, The Shift provides both job skills training and social emotional learning and development to support the success of homeless youth in seeking and maintaining employment.

There are a number of ways that you can partner with My Friend’s Place to support the success of our youth participating in The Shift:

  • Share more about your career with The Shift participants during a lunch at My Friend’s Place
  • Provide underwriting support for a young person’s participation in The Shift
  • Contribute gifts cards to be used as incentives for program participation
  • Host a field trip for The Shift participants at your corporation or business
  • Provide TAP cards to support transportation needs for The Shift participants
  • Provide underwriting support for stipends for The Shift participants
  • Provide Target gift cards for participants to purchase work-appropriate clothing
  • Support the graduation celebration for The Shift participants

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can support The Shift, please contact Susan Zeren Dutra, Director of Development, at (323) 908-0011 ext. 110 or sdutra@myfriendsplace.org

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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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