GGeisha and the Dripped Fashion Soiree would like to bring attention to the non-profit organization, My Friend's Place.

We believe that every young person deserves a chance to succeed in the creative arts.

Please read below for more information about this outstanding organization.

Collaborating with creative professionals in our community, the Transformative Education Program at My Friend’s Place offers homeless young people ages 12-25 a chance to explore creative outlets for expression and self-reflection, as well as the opportunity to have their work published, displayed and appreciated by the broader community.  Through workshops and one-on-one sessions in the areas of education and employment readiness, creative arts and living arts, our Transformative Education Program offers youth the means to improve self esteem, hope and socially-appropriate behavior. Highlights of the Transformative Education Program include visual arts and photography classes, Cirque du Monde circus arts, field trips to Los Angeles landmarks, music workshops, yoga, improvisation classes and gardening. The impact of these workshops and field trips goes far beyond giving youth the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences. Often, the creation of a relationship with a workshop leader gives a young person the confidence to engage in other, more formally therapeutic social services and to build a more trusting relationship with social work staff that will support youth in accessing the services that will help them to leave life on the streets behind for good. 

Recently, My Friend’s Place has welcomed a new program to our continuum of care –  Hollywood Arts @ My Friend’s Place – a program which helps homeless and at-risk young adults transition into lives of self-sufficiency by utilizing arts-based curriculum, mentorships, and professional internships. Hollywood Arts classes in performing, visual, and urban arts provide young people growth, improved self esteem, and, ultimately, the development of the critical communication and life skills necessary to lead independent and productive lives. The Hollywood Arts Program at My Friend’s Place will expand the creative arts, education and employment programming that My Friend’s Place offers through our Transformative Education Program, providing homeless young people with new opportunities to build self-esteem, develop thinking skills, master educational concepts and explore job-readiness training that will help youth to find self-sufficiency and independence. 

In a year at My Friend’s Place, we… 

•           Provide programs and services to more than 1,400 young people

•           Serve nearly 30,000 meals

•           Provide case management services to 452 individual youth

•           Assist 118 young people in securing housing

•           Provide education and employment services to 413 youth

•           Serve 347 youth through creative and living arts workshops 

For 27 years and counting, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. From our early beginnings as a volunteer-based group serving meals from the trunks of cars to the dynamic resource center we operate today, My Friend’s Place offers a comprehensive continuum of services to homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency. 

My Friend’s Place receives no government funding, instead partnering with private foundations, corporations and individuals who share our commitment to supporting our most vulnerable young members of our community. My Friend’s Place received a perfect score for financial transparency and accountability from Charity Navigator. We are committed to the highest level of financial stewardship, with 89% of all support going directly to services for homeless young people. 

For additional information, please visit www.myfriendsplace.org

PO Box 3867 Hollywood, CA 90078   323.908.0011 office   323.468.1243 fax