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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.

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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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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! 

DITCH the plastic bottle! Here is why

Did you know that about 60 billion plastic water bottles are tossed in landfills each year? Plastic water bottles are a huge hazard to the environment and only have negative effects on the earth.  plastic-ocean

 

Here are only SOME of the problems plastic water bottles have on the earth all of these facts are from ban the bottle  and these all have to do with the U.S

1.)  Americas usage of plastic bottles is at high demand, thus using  over 17 billion barrels of oil yearly, that is enough oil to supply about 1.4 million cars a year.

2.) With all the energy plastic water bottles cause the energy could be used instead to power 190,000 homes

3.) Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and deathIsland-2

Plastic  Bottled water is not good for you either, yes it is water and water is natural. But plastic isn’t and when plastic gets hot it releases chemicals making the water no longer good to drink which is a huge waste.

Plastic water bottles also take over 1,000 years to biodegrade and if they are set on fire or burnt they release even more toxins.

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Ways to ditch the plastic bottle

Getting a reusable NON-plastic water bottle without any BPA is actually hard to find yet once i find and try out one that will be the best choice for you and the environment.  BPA free reusable plastic water bottle or stainless steel bottles, yet aluminum reusable bottles do have a possible BPA liner which is not good.

 

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.

Cruelty free KINDri is my choice!

Cruelty free KINDri is my choice and it should be yours too!knidribottles8201a

Everyone is always seeking the best results yet also the best for their skin too. SO many beauty companies use horrible chemicals such as Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone.. im sorry what even is that name.. GROSS! and did you know that chemicals like those might be in the face wash or serum YOU are using!!!   It is important that we know what we are using and putting on our bodies!

 

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I recommend KINDri,

Robin McDonalds KINDri is an all Organic, Vegan against animal testing and has only the most down to earth ingredients. KINDri uses ONLY natural ingredients such as prickly pear cactus seed oil, All natural and organic almond oil, Cooling citrus oil and aloe vera in her skin care formulas. Many of the oils she uses are quite hard to find because they are literally straight from the plant and from the desert.   

No chemicals usedZero preservatives, zero additives, Zero cosmetic fillers, zero animal testing.  Robin McDonalds carefully researched formulas ONLY contain organic natural oils. All imported locally from botanical gardens. 

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Robin  McDonald of KINDri has been mentioned in Vougue, instyle, yahoo and much more! ” Robin is my go to person! She is knowledgable about the best and most effective products on the market and really cares about “the natural health and maintenance of the skin” states Charlize Theron

I had heard so much amazing stuff about KINDri i decided to give it a try and WOW was i impressed!
unnamed-1 I tried the Orange Almond Cleansing Oil which consists of 100% organic almond oil, sunflower oil, Cactus Pear oil, pink gratefruit oil, grapeseed oil and orange oil- You cant find these oils at regular stores.  I would apply to my cheeks, eyebrows and nails every-night. After the first few days of using i noticed that my cheeks were softer and lighter, evening out my skin tone! I couldn’t believe it that in just a little time my eyebrows grew out longer and thicker and my nails grew stronger and longer! Definitely a go to if you have dry skin or even normal skin because it moisturizes your skin it doesn’t make it all oily and gross like other serums and oils out there. Then my mom who is in her 50s tried KINDri’s serum.  In  a week her skin looked firm and smooth!
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To find out more about Robin McDonald and KINDri click here!!   beautyhighway_1438362718_140

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! 

My Article on Center Theatre Group! – Crashing Into a Career in Theatre

Just recently i got the chance to write about one of the many student oriented events Center Theatre Group has had called Crash Course diving into the play Father Comes Home from the wars parts 1,2, and 3 by the great Suzan-Lori Parks! . CTGs environment is always welcoming and warm and i am now on there Student Ambassador program which im super grateful for! 

Here is my Article! 

During the best of/worst of times called “adolescence,” finding a passion for something—and getting support for others as you pursue that passion—can save your sanity, and maybe even your life! Center Theatre Group’s Theatre Crash Course opened its arms and its doors to a group of adolescents trying to find that passion in theatre—and inside those doors is a world of possibilities.

Getting into the three-day Theatre Crash Course, which is free and open to teens all over the city, is based on your own initiative, not on competition. The fact that no prior experience is needed is really great for some teens who haven’t found their niche yet. Beforehand, everyone signed up for the discipline of their choice: lighting and scenic design, costume design, acting, or directing. I chose costume design, which sounded super interesting and was totally new to me.

Being welcomed into Center Theatre Group’s creative family may be one of the most enjoyable and exciting experiences I’ve had as a young theatre artist. From the moment my fellow Theatre Crash Course participants and I stepped into CTG’s Downtown L.A. headquarters, we were put at ease by a warm and open vibe, nice music, and a CTG swag bag! Did I mention that they fed us? I arrived on two buses straight from a long day at the L.A. County High School for the Arts and was starving before every session, so the fact that they anticipated teenage hunger made me feel “got.”

After theatre games (which break all social barriers in seconds), we dove into deconstructing the play: exploring and unpacking the tone, themes, and overall world of Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks, an upcoming production at the Mark Taper Forum. This epic drama follows the fortunes of a slave, Hero, who heads off to fight in the Civil War—on the Confederate side! That alone was enough to pique my interest. The questions the play posed about slavery and freedom provoked discussion and debate in our group: a necessary practice—and a playwright’s job. The play’s world taught us so much about the era as we connected to it in an emotional way—which is very different from when we studied this period in school.

Then we got into action. Our teaching artist shared what it’s like to be a professional costume designer, which made me put it on my list as a possible vocation (there are a lot of actors, not so many costume designers). CTG supplied us with crafts and materials—everything from big sparkly gems to rough burlap—to start designing outfits for maquette dolls, as well as magazines so we could cut out or draw our ideas for what we think would fit each character best. We searched for ideas online and tried to figure out what people wore in the 1800s in the South, which meant comparing fabrics for house-working slaves to field-working slaves and looking up what breeds of dogs accompanied soldiers in the Civil War. (There’s a dog in the production, played by a human.)

The second workshop challenged us, but we rose to it! We cut all the fabrics to create the costumes we wanted, and sewed or hot glued them together. We also peeked in on the other groups: the lighting and scenic designers were creating dioramas of the set and experimenting with different gels (which change the color of the lights), while the actors were rehearsing the scenes that the student directors had chosen. It was super exciting to learn about all the different opportunities in the theatre world.

I also learned that being in an ensemble involves a lot of cooperation. I hadn’t known that in order for a production to go on smoothly, each department needs approval from the director or actors. For example, if you’re making a costume, you have to make sure that the set designer’s work is compatible with that costume and won’t be too fussy on stage.

Our third and final workshop was a presentation for the public (aka family, friends, and some observing teachers). We shared our vision of the play and demonstrated our work in front of a live audience.

Viewing all the ideas our fellow groups had come up with was inspiring and impressive. We covered a six-week professional production process in just six hours total!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lily Larsen is an ambitious activist and artist ready to help anyone in need yet also inform and inspire her peers to take action and speak up on important issues. You can find her at AdolescentActivist.com.

Photo credit:

Students celebrate after the fall 2015 Theatre Crash Course workshops come to an end. Author Lily Larsen is in the back row, far right.

– See more HERE -the grid.com

Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!
Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!

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!