Join the Write Home Project for a community discussion on Youth Homelessness in Berkeley. Learn about the work Write Home has been doing over the last year in collaboration with local organizations to create spaces for homeless youth to find empowerment and community through the arts. Come discuss issues effecting homeless youth in Berkeley and find out how you can get involved.
We will debut three new short films directed by Jamie DeWolf for the Write Home Project featuring writing and performances by local poets Joshua Merchant, Kaila Love, and Ben Grenrock. These videos will frame our discussion around such topics as invisible homelessness, mental health, and substance use in the young homeless community.
We will also have a panel featuring representatives from local youth-serving organizations as well as a small writing workshop and open mic.
This event is free. Light refreshments and snacks provided. This event is ADA Accessible.
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We are so honored to have this new coverage of the Write Home Project’s work with homeless Berkeley youth by the great artist and journalist, Victor Valle.
“‘People walk by these people everyday and just don’t see the amazing amount of talent here,” said Casas, “Something like this — art, music, dance — creates a common denominator amongst people.”‘
“The homeless community that comes to the Write Home Project consists of tons of stories and demographics: from students who can’t afford a place to live, so they couch surf or live out of their car, to others who may have experienced problems or traumas that has left them out on the streets. No one story is identical.”
Read the entire article here.
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UPDATE: This article has since been featured in the Berkeley Side. To see it as it appears on the Berkeley Side’s website, please follow this link.
Write Home is hosting its first ever town hall on Sunday, May 4th at the UC Berkeley campus! There we will discuss issues related to youth homelessness both locally and nationally, our work in the Berkeley community over the last year, and the development of an arts-based pedagogy relevant to the unique needs of our homeless youth clients. We will also debut 3 brand new short films, developed over the last year by local artists, that will help frame our discussion.
Check back soon for more info.