BARRIO TO THE BAY: San Francisco’s Mission District hosts spirited fundraising event for Nicaraguan youth community organization.
In conjunction with International Women’s Month, youth empowerment organizations; Mission Girls’ Young Queens on the Rise welcomes Barrio Planta Project directors Dyani Makous and Yaoska Jimenez as partners, mentors and artists during their first visit to San Francisco.
These inspiring and dynamic 20-somethings will leave their busy schedules of providing free English classes, job training, art and extra curricular activities for residents to begin fundraising efforts to fix their badly damaged roof that threatens their project’s survival. They will also tour organization sites and engage with under-served Mission youth in cultural art workshops as well as mentoring discussions.
“We’ve grown from 15 children to 200 students both young and old within a year and counting. There is nowhere else for our small town to hold such a center,” says Makous, 2002’s ACLU recipient of Youth Activist of the Year Award.
“Both groups focus on the empowerment and autonomy of young women impacted by their environment. It would be an eye-opening experience for our girls to learn about the struggles of their own peers in Nicaragua, and to perhaps learn that they are not alone in their struggles and adversities,” adds Young Queens Case Manager Margaret Ramos.
Nicaragua makes up the 3rd largest group in the Mission District’s 50% Latino population, providing the historical platform for the Barrio Planta Project to create local partnerships that seek to achieve 21st century global citizenship standards.
Dyani Makous and Yaoska Jimenez will be hosting a fundraiser to help support basic needs to continue the invaluable accomplishments of the Barrio Planta facilities Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Sub-Mission Artspace on Mission St. and 18th.
ALL Proceeds go to repairing their unsafe roof and sustaining current programs.
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