The Jam was the closing celebration for R2W. The participants organized the jam themselves. Jimmy Tsai and Martha Moung were the hosts. Local communities came to witness who the participants were and what they learned. Friends and families joined the jam and one of the participants families, Ronia Auelua, drove up from San Bernadino to support her. There was a lot of love in the room and the participants did an excellent job of representing and speaking their truths. Nina Autajay did a spoken word about gentrification in her hometown, Los Angeles. Fela Yepassis-Zembrou also did a spoken word about the crawls, Chinatown and Salinas, while his fellow comrades acted them out in a skit. Ravi Kong, a Resource Assistant for R2W this summer, led a cultural Cambodian dance. Music done by Ose Hosea, Victor McKaime, and Jimmy Tsai generated positive vibes throughout the room as they sang a song they composed called Stand Up. It was moving and uplifting to have these young leaders teach what they know. Friends, Family, and Alumni of R2W gave big props to the participants as the jam came to an end.
Nina Autajay doing a spoken word about gentrification in Downtown Los Angeles.
Giselle Ramirez giving her testimony.
The art group: Ale, Won, Hugo, Josh, Kim, and Lauren talking about the mural they painted.
R2W Alumni 06 Penitani Moa showing love to the participants.
Welcome to the blogspot for R2W! We just completed our 7th year and we have documented what went on during the two weeks. We invite you to read and comment. Many participants came into the program not knowing what to expect, and now, they are back in their real worlds, taking what they have learned here.
A stand up activity: Participants represent their ethnic backgrounds, teaching the histories of their people and the struggles they face. Here are Hugo, Danny, Ale, and Giselle standing up for Mexico.
R2W Participants Ale, Kim, Won, and Josh practicing their spirtiual discipline through mural painting with the help of Lauren.
R2W Events 2009
Hey Everyone! I hope this note finds you all well and in good spirit. Whether by snail mail, email, facebook, myspace, our conscious faith journey continues. And it continues together as a community of young, strong, and dedicated leaders. If you need more information, feel free to contact us! Recent Events: CLI Banquet held in Los Angeles on April 18, 2009, honoring Donovan Autajay, Sophay Ferreira, Victor Mckamie, and Kristina Tran as graduates of the 2 year college program for R2W-Congressional Leaders Internship. Friends, family, and community gathered at a youth center in Echo Park to acknowledge these four strong leaders. Los Angeles grown young adults: Kristina, Victor, Donovan, and Sophay.
Victor Mckamie Senior was a proud father of Victor Jr. at the banquet and was moved to congratulate his son as well as the other CLI graduates by the growth and power they have gained from the program.
Reflections for R2W 2008 PARTICIPANTS
Hey EVERYONE!!!! How's it going? Well, we realized that you may be very busy soaking up the sun or whats left of it ^_*, but we would still like to get reflections from you. Since we are ALL some what computer savvy, Michael thought that everyone should do their reflections as a YouTube video. Its convenient,fast, and easy! right?? hehe....^_^
Here are the following questions that you can either answer one or more!
>What is conscious faith?
>What was the most meaningful part of conscious faith to you?
>What element of Critical Faith meant the most to you - describe it
> If conscious faith changed you, your faith , your situation or perspective...talk about it.
> How did conscious faith change your relationship with your faith? your church?
**Also, you can make shout outs! - make it fun...say whatever you want to say ^_^
We hope that you are having a blessed summer. Please keep in touch during the school year.