Are you aware of who your candidates running for these positions are? There are a LOT! Be sure to look up each candidate you are interested in voting for and find the pros and cons of that person.
I have great news! YOU can get paid to work on the day of the election! In fact, $140! All you have to do is take a look at this brochure, ask your school for an application or email the county clerk and ask for one! You get $40 attending a training session and $100 working the polls from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm! Take a look below for more important information.
For many people June 5th is the last day of school, for me its the day before my High School Graduation! But working at the Election Booth will truly be a rememberable experience!
3 and a half years have passed since I joined MYC starting off in the East/NorthEast LA cohort because my school was in that area, I switched to the South Los Angeles cohort junior year since that’s where I live and am now in the Central LA cohort since I transferred schools from East LA to Central LA. This past month the Central LA MYC meeting took place at the Olympic Division police station off of Vermont and 11th, we were given the rare opportunity to really explore the station and the officers who work there. We were given a tour and had a group conversation with Los Angeles Police Department Officer, Joe Cirrito, Cirrito is not just an officer, he is a hero and I’ll tell you why in a second.
The New York City Native, Cirrito always wanted to be an officer to protect and serve his country but instead, he was educating the youth as a school teacher in the Bronx. When the devastating tragedy of 9/11, occurred Cirrito made a decision that day which changed his life forever. Cirrito, had known the fallen officers and firefighters that risked thier life and died to save others. So from that day on Joe knew he had to something, so he became a police officer, in Los Angeles to protect and serve.
He has been an officer for over 17 years, and is an avid runner for a great cause. He trains for marathons and in 2016 ran 400 miles, all the way from Los Angeles to Sacremento, CA in full police gear this run aimed to raise funds for families of fallen officers through ‘Project Endure, a volunteer project which is dedicated to raising awareness about fallen officers’ This milestone made news all across the state. He ran 13.1 miles in uniform during the inaugural “Run to Remember” and 26.2 miles in the Los Angeles Marathon in 2016. Cirrito also runs to raise money for Homeless Angelenos through the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority.
When Cirrito spoke, his passion and love for officers all around the country showed. He got teary-eyed when telling us about fallen officers he knew and strives every day to honor those brave men and women. Mayors Youth Council students asked questions and Cirrito answered each one with honesty and understanding, telling the students how important it is as an officer to “never take your bed to work” and “have a clear head at work” he emphasized on the importance that since 1972 the LAPD’S municipal role in immigration is to NOT judge on immigration status. He firmly believes that every single person in this country deserves freedom and liberty. Cirrito is one of those people that you meet and can tell off the spot that they are a kind, caring person. He develops a positive giving relationship with the community, no matter what age, race homeless or not, he will know your name and you’ll know him because of the ginormous impact he has made on peoples lives.
I am so grateful to have met and listened to Officer Joe Cirrito speak and I hope to meet more people like him throughout my life.
To find out more about Officer Joe Cirrito, Check out the links below!
Teens have this little thing called teen angst, and with this “angst” we are subject to experiment with things that we technically shouldn’t because our frontal lobe isn’t developed yet or we want to do something because we know its illegal or not allowed.
One influence that surrounds us teen Angelenos is Marijuana and now Marijuana is legal in the state of California for 18+-year-olds, Just because it’s legal for them and no longer criminalized in the state doesn’t mean that teens are not going to use it, weed has been an influence in the teen culture. You can put out as many PSA’s on Weed and the teen brain yet the truth is Teens will continue to smoke and try weed and thiers nothing that can prevent it. Some claim it helps them de-stress, enhance creativity and is fun when hanging with a group of friends while for others it can make them depressed, unmotivated and paranoid. Knowing this and knowing that Weed will be much more present in our city its vital that both opinions and sides are expressed when it comes to teen marijuana usage.
At this creative workshop with the Department of Public Health I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long Message Creation Session asking youth “how to talk about Marijuana Use with your Peers” this was organized by Fraser advertisement, The Department of Public Health and held at Community Coalition off of Vermont and Manchester.
Teens from all over Los Angeles were gathered and grouped together to create a story idea for a Public Service Announcement for teens informing them what happens when you use Marijuana. My group decided to make our PSA reasonable, knowing that teens won’t ever stop using Marijuana we decided to share true stores- positive and negative about teens experience with weed. Two of those stories were somewhat positive, explaining how a student uses it sparingly to enhance their creativity, another how it helps him cope with stress when the not so bright stories were about an embarrassing experience from weed when a girl got paranoid at a party and another when a boy got caught smoking it and his parents sent him off to military school, not even showing up at his graduation.
Weed is different for everyone and it’s important as a teen you know the risk of using it and your tolerance, if you feel it’s not the thing for you then there’s no pressure to do it, you have your whole life to try things so it can wait until you are more mature. If you do enjoy using it then make sure you have a specific reason and make sure you’re not dependent or constantly using it. Overall, this experience was interesting and eye-opening, I learned a lot about other teens perception and experience on Marijuana which is important for us to share!
Are you strongly passionate about issues from LGBTQ+ rights to climate change and show a strong disagreement with the politics holding office at this time?
I am putting together a Youth Task Force for the People’s Congress of Resistance!
“In the face of the assault waged against working class and poor communities and the environment by the Trump Administration a grassroots People’s Congress of Resistance will convene in Washington, D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2017,” according to the People’s Congress Resistance website.
I am looking for passionate youth from the Southern California and Los Angeles area who are interested in volunteering and fundraising for the resistance. We will have meetings and brainstorm Ideas to assure us youth have our voice heard!
What this task force would do is reach out to L.A. youth informing them about the People’s Congress Of Resistance and how they can get involved as well as social media outreach, fundraising and more! We currently have a big group of teens interested but if you’re very passionate or know of someone who would be, about this opportunity, five youth who are really committed will take on leading the group and meeting regularly.
Please join and share with your friends! Any Questions, want to find out more? Leave a comment below
and I will send out further information.
Talk on the effects of Factory Farming to one’s health and my story with not consuming animal products.
When i think of a farm i think of a happy place a place a place i would sing songs about growing up, until recently when i found that farms are not what i thought they were in fact probably not what anyone really though they were
animals in farms that go to your supermarket and eventually end up in your tummy are tortured and endure horrible living conditions.
It’s not farming, it’s factory farming. The animal becomes a thing, a product of a factory.
Consuming animal products pays a huge price to the world we live on. Factory farming not only causes the destruction of our green forests which have increased global warming emissions by half! These “farms” pollute the water we drink and air we breathe causing death like health problems to many.
And As painful as that is, it’s also important that we understand what eating foods from these farms does to us and our families. Meat can make us depressed and sick, it also increases the risk of cancer
Are we even supposed to be eating or drinking something that is from another LIVING being?
My dad had terrible eating habits he was overweight, and suffered from insomnia. But hedecided to make the change and not consume ANY animal products at all. Only A month and a half later he’s is sleeping well and Motivated. All this was from making a single change: not consuming meat.
I even noticed it with myself.
After I learned about factory farming.I decided to go animal free and made a petition to ban factory farming which got 55,000 signatures. Within a month I was feeling happier and even noticed I felt more confident.
Luckily, this is something we have control over. What we put in our mouths. WE can be the change. All it takes is a little research and willingness to try something new.
Next time you’re at the grocery store lookout for the meat and dairy free alternatives. You’ll save a ton of money. And there are petitions you can sign to help ban factory farming and steps you can take to get your friends and family on board!
When we take action by not consuming animal products we are not only helping animals and the planet, we’re also healing ourselves and our loved ones. I hope you’ll join me.
I had just gotten out of a civic youth LA meeting when i noticed a bunch of tents camped right across the street from where i was which was city hall, my friend and i decided to go check it out first, there were a bunch of people sitting in a circle listening to each other talk about why they are here and peacefully protesting their rights they were very welcoming inviting us to join, so we did.
We learned that one of the reason these protesters are here is to get the Police Chief of LA Charlie Beck fired because of the fact that another innocent black person was killed by the police and the officer(s) who committed the crime got away with it, they are gonna stay camped out in front of the Kenneth Hahn building of administration, it is public property so people can stay there as long as they have a sign of any sort placed on there tent. I decided to spend the rest of my day at the protest finding out that it was a Black Lives Matter LA protest i helped out as much as i could. Relocating beverages and organizing all the food and snacks that supporters and volunteers had brought to help out with. There was also a ton of essential needs such as first aid, toothbrushes, health care items, craft supplies etc. It was a lot of work but worth it seeing how worn out the activists that have been demonstrating there rights there for days- non stop thus meaning not being at home not being able to take showers, not go to work and more yet they were still strong as ever. I met some very old activists 2 of them being in there 90s and doing whatever they can to help so me being the youngest teenager there did whatever i can to help them too and whoever else just needed some time to sit and rest. The BLM occupy city hall protest is still going on today and strong, it was an amazing experience that i will probably come back to later this week and go help out again. I met hardcore activists that devote there life to the well being of others which was inspiring and makes me want to do the same.
I recommend anyone who wants to help out with the occupy city hall protest to go help out bring food, blankets, whatever they need that will help them on this journey and hopefully justice will be served so these awesome activists can finally get a break.
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 andcoincides 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…
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
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.
Part of my activism began in a youth arts troupe, the Los Angeles Drama Club founded by my mother, Blaire Baron Larsen. I am Member #1 of the Los Angeles Drama Club. It began when I was 5. There were two of us to start and now we are about 200 and operate year round in two areas of L.A.
We Are the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe, 10 years running. We always connect our plays to a current and relevant issue in our lives and that way Shakespeare comes alive even more. This year, The Tempest takes place on Tuvalu – an island that is being submerged by the ocean doe to man-made climate change.
A Winter’s Tale will honor the LGBT community by having the romance and marriage of Florizel and Perdita be two women! Our teens champion these causes and I am proud to be Member #1 of the LA Drama Club.
I am happy to share in the 10 year celebration Fundraiser and Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. Here is more about it.