Category Archives: Oppurtunities for teens in Los Angeles

ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA

The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs
The xmas tree is up! The bed is being made for the boarding dogs

I am extremely grateful to say that my first official job is with the ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA.  Eco dog is green certified business and uses only natural, Vegan, eco friendly, biodegradable and cruelty free products with a range  from aloe vera and avocado infused simply bath spray  to  peppermint, cedar, geranium & lemongrass to argan oil, coconut-derived cleanser, jojoba, lavender and myrrh in their Simply Clean Shampoo. All of eco dogs products not only make your dog smell good using only natural ingredients but the formulas made also to naturally repel fleas & ticks.

 

IMG_1154Before i started working at eco dog i had been taking both my dogs (medium sized yellow lab and small tibetan terrier) for either a self wash or groom for years! Their prices are wonderful! Did i mention that its only $32 for a full day of cage free care! where the dogs play all day with each other and staff. When the dogs are boarding (staying over night) they are with a staff member at all times, get fed a natural healthy vegan dinner with no artificial flavor or colors (Im telling ya! the pups at eco dog eat healthier than me! ) and sleep in huge human beds with conforters and pillows.

 

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I absolutley reccomend eco dog to anyone with a doggy! Whether it be big or small they are all accepted and treated with immense care and respect. Eco dog takes in dogs that were found on the street too with no home, abused and broken yet whenever i come in for work those dogs are filled with joy and love for the care that the dogs revieve is outstanding, i had never even heard of a dog care or wash that takes care of them as much as eco dog does.IMG_1153

Eco Dog Wash started in 2010 by Owner Karen

“I started this business because I love dogs and know that other dog lovers want eco-smart, eco-friendly options for self-wash, grooming, daycare & boarding services right here in our neighborhood.

I’ve lived here for over 20 years and am deeply committed to this community and doing what I can to support ecologically sound practices. In every aspect of the store operations we strive to be as clean and green as possible.”

IMG_1140Working at eco dog and seeing how much Karen cares for these dogs and making sure that they are safe and happy no matter where they came from has inspired me even more to do whatever i can to help doggies be happy and healthy!

and is located off of Pico and Genesee in Pick-fair village (Mid-City).

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They are open

MONDAY to FRIDAY    7 – 7
 
SATURDAY                 10 – 5
 
SUNDAY                     11 – 4 (last self wash bath is at 3)

 

To find out more about eco dogs amazing products click here

 

And to find out about thier awesome cage free and eco bath and care services click here 

CIVIC YOUTH LOS ANGELES

Civic Y13708406_10155196874123975_5796923790906072256_oouth Los Angeles is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Where community building, public speaking, effective communication, understanding of local government and ways to contribute and or join your neighborhood council.

 

 Awarded by the Mayor of Los Angeles  for my participation and work in the Civic Youth LA program
Awarded by the Mayor of Los Angeles for my participation and work in the Civic Youth LA program

Civic Youth has taught me many things about community engagement and Neighborhood councils. Any teen should and CAN join there neighborhood council! It is a great way to be involved with the Community and let others be proactive in there neighborhood!

 

Civic Youth LA is free program with the City Of LA and Empower LA  to anyone who applies and gets in from all of over Los Angeles, and teaches 2-3 hour workshops on ​​​Engaging with your Neighborhood Council ,Effective Presentation and Communication, Community Organizing and Outreach, Local Government 101, Service Action Day  and Congress of Neighborhoods: Presentation and Recognition of participants by the Mayor’s Office and EmpowerLA

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In the Effective Presentation and Communication Workshop/ session.

These workshops helped teach us,

  • Public speaking
  • Professional communication
  • Participating in local government
  • Engaging with your Neighborhood Council, including writing Community Impact Statements and organizing Neighborhood clean-ups
  • Effective outreach and community organizing.

Civic Youth

This Program taught me so much yet also i made so many new friends too, every session started off with a breakfast and icebreaker that really made me comfortable with everyone there and exited to start my journey as a CYLA member.

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Civic Youth LA 2016 Logo

My favorite course was Community Organizing 101 Service Project because it really made me realize that not only Can youth really can make a difference in different  communities, but we already have! There is no time to delay. There is no reason to wait until after college. The city and it’s people need our help and ideas now!

Civic Youth has taught me to be very proactive in my community and take initiative when there is none being taken. It has taught me to be more responsible and be a strong leader. When we were organizing our community projects I realized that I had strength as a group organizer and leadership skills. IMG_3054

 

Civic Youth helped me find my passion and what i want to do in life which is help people through Arts Activism and and be of service to The City.

Thank you Civic Youth LA, Empower LA and all the amazing mentors i had the opportunity to meet and work with:   Kimberly Rodriguez, Julienne Chen, Jasmine Elbarbary, Paola Fernadez, Tanya Pineda, Michael Long and Kevin Taylor and more!

 

To Find out more about Civic Youth CLICK HERE! 

Become an Arts Advocate at Your School! Art Saves Lives.

Hey All!

Currently on Center Theatre Groups Student Ambassador program  there are many things i have learned and we have been planning a summit but not just any summit, this summit that my arts advocacy group and i have been planning since November is to let students know that they should have access to the Arts in there schools!!!Ctglogo

 

We will be doing a mix of workshops including a zine making workshop followed by where the arts really are in your community and/or school district! There is much more but your going to have to find out for yourself! Here are the details!

Below is all from CTGS WEBSITE 

Center Theatre Group Arts Advocacy Teen Summit
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11am–3pm

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels | 555 W Temple St, L.A., CA 90012

High school students and rising ninth graders: Are you passionate about the arts? Join other teens for a free daylong event to learn how to be a powerful force for positive change.

    Participants will:

  • Attend workshops on how to advocate for more arts in your school (or whatever else you want to change on your campus!)
  • Contribute to a community art project
  • Build leadership skills
  • Meet other teens who are passionate about the arts
  • Enjoy a free lunch!

The Summit is free, but RSVPs are required. Email StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org with your name, school and grade by May 4, 2016 to reserve your spot.

For more information, contact Felipe Sanchez at 213.972.7587 or StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org. Schools or organizations are welcome to bring groups of students to this event. All workshops are teens-only.

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CTG has taught me a lot whether it be about Theatre, Social Skills, Activism, Leadership, Communication skills and MUCH more!

I hope to see you all there!

Los Angeles Drama Club Benefit for Free Shakespeare in MidCity & Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016

 

Distinguished Actors Perform Opposite Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

Los Angeles Drama Club Launches its 10th Anniversary Season & 400-Year Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death; Kids across Los Angeles, ages 7 – 17, will Perform Four of the Famed Bard’s Plays

Opening Performance & VIP Reception, April 15th

LADC Embraces Diversity, Features LGBTQ Theme in Play

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors 

Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA 2016 Blaire Baron Larsen, Julia Walker Wyson, Los Angeles Drama Club Board of Directors and Staff with Guest Actors Alex Kingston, Diedrich Bader, Sam Pancake

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Blaire Baron, Kila Packett and Will Gressman
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Blaire Baron with Deidrich Bader, Guest Actor (Veep, Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite )

 

LOS ANGELES —

Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays.  Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 and coincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…

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My mom and students
My mom and students
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016
Shakespeare Youth Festival, LA 2016

 

 

The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s

Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our

newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and

queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic

Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the

city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so

gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what

a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”

The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”

WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe

WHAT: VIP Party, Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.

WHEN: Friday, April 15

             7 p.m. – Doors open/wine reception ● 8 p.m. – Show

WHERE: Lyric Theatre & Voila , 518-520  N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Some performances at Club Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles.

For more information and tickets ($150 each), visit: www.losangelesdramaclub.com

Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.

The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).

About Los Angeles Drama Club:

Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year.  The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.

Rare insight! – Center Theatre Group, Student Ambassador program

Just recently i got into center theatre groups student ambassador program.

Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!

CTG student ambassador program is  a free program for Los Angeles County high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills.  – CTG

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CTG LOGO

Being in the program you get access to many opportunities such as seeing plays, attending workshops all for free and much more! Did i mention you get paid 500$ stipend in the end or community service hours for completion of the program!  But that is not what this program is about- Its about building a trust and friendship with people who may be very different from you or very similar  and working on helping the arts and our community such as fighting for arts in public schools, making the arts more accessible and much more.  One reason i applied is because i want to use theater as a form to connect and inform people with their community.

Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!  not taken by me
Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!
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Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!

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In order to get in you first submit an application then if you get accepted into semi finals it is a group audition where you sort of get assessed on your teamwork and leadership skills and more but in a fun way through games and food!

swag !
swag !

 

Then once you get in there is an orientation with breakfast where parents and guests were invited to hear more about the program and have a nice brunch with a scavenger hunt we went around downtown and grand park in teams to find clues to solve puzzles resulting with awards ! It was super nice because it was like i was in another decade not having my phone on me was super nice for a change!  I also wasn’t  about anything except if solve the clues and riddles right!

The program requires a lot of commitment missing more than one meeting could result in removal from the program if you know that you are going to be busy any of those days or just not show up at all  it might not be the best fit !

Every meeting starts with some nice food (as always) and some warm ups to get everybody confident and ready to work.  Some exercises include Augusto Boal   and also some that involve speaking out and becoming comfortable with yourself and who YOU are or what you identify your self as.

New CTG Ambassadors!!
New CTG Ambassadors!! and our awesome Mentors/leaders Felipe and Camille!!

This is just a start i have SO much more to say and am going to be posting more about each meeting !!!

If you want to learn more about the education programs CTG offers click HERE! 

MAYORS YOUTH COUNCIL – ITS MY HONOR !

Just yesterday marked a orientation for new students joining the Mayors youth Council of Los Angeles.

It included a really nice fancy lunch from a range of sandwiches and high end treats.  Then we got to experience Firefighter chief Ralph M. Terrazas speak. He gave a really inspiring and motivational talk on

when we got a picture with the Mayor
when we got a picture with the Mayor

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perseverance and information on the LAFD  and California.  The helicopter used in the movie San Andreas flew over city hall twice!

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MYC shirts
Mayor!
Mayor!

Youth council is split into locations  East Valley, West Valley, East area, southwest, southeast, Central and the west side.  I represent East area which serves around 16 communities which includes Boyle Heights, East La, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Chinatown, Highland, Cypress and  Glassel park, Alhambra  and more. I’ve been on it since the beginning of the year.

 

After we dispersed into our groups and met people in the same group we would be in then our area representative taught us about all the different kinds of government rules there are and also about Los Angeles specifically and the branches of government too.

 

Later, the Mayor Eric Garcetti came and talked to us! Telling us about the history of youth council and the amazing opportunity it is and how lucky and grateful he is to have us on his council and teens and how age doesn’t matter we should be treated as important people even through were teenagers we have opinions which what Garcetti addressed!! Awesome!!

 

Overall i had a great time and will post more about what its like to be on Mayor Eric Garcettis youth council representing Los Angeles!