All posts tagged youth

  • The Bench – A Benefit Performance

    A Pop-Up BENEFIT PERFORMANCE by New York Actor & Playwright Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders

    Robert Galinsky, who is also the coach of our weekly Improv & Acting Workshop, is raising funds to help us pay rent, so that we can continue to serve young adults experiencing homelessness. 100% of the proceeds go to A Million Drops.

    Based on true stories, THE BENCH explores the emotional heartbreak of five individuals experiencing homelessness. With brutal honesty and absurd humor, Galinsky transforms himself into five incorrigible and equally lovable people whose lives become forever entwined.

    TICKET PRICE/ONLINE: $15
    TICKET PRICE/DOOR: $20
    Admission is free to clients of A Million Drops
    DOORS: 7:30 PM
    SHOWTIME: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
    FREE PARKING in the church parking lot

    Benefit Raffle Items Provided by MPOWERD

  • The Bench – A Benefit Performance

    A Pop-Up BENEFIT PERFORMANCE by New York Actor & Playwright Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders

    Robert Galinsky, who is also the coach of our weekly Improv & Acting Workshop, is raising funds to help us pay rent, so that we can continue to serve young adults experiencing homelessness. 100% of the proceeds go to A Million Drops.

    Based on true stories, THE BENCH explores the emotional heartbreak of five individuals experiencing homelessness. With brutal honesty and absurd humor, Galinsky transforms himself into five incorrigible and equally lovable people whose lives become forever entwined.

    TICKET PRICE/ONLINE: $15
    TICKET PRICE/DOOR: $20
    Admission is free to clients of A Million Drops
    DOORS: 7:30 PM
    SHOWTIME: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
    FREE PARKING in the church parking lot

    Benefit Raffle Items Provided by MPOWERD

  • Poetic Perspectivez with Kiki – Friday, March 29th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Kiki is a professional spoken word poet set to lead us through another poetry workshop this week! Do you enjoy creative writing? Spoken word and performance? Are you just interested? Come try it out!

  • Poetic Perspectivez with Kiki

    Kiki is a professional spoken word poet set to lead us through another poetry workshop this week! Do you enjoy creative writing? Spoken word and performance? Are you just interested? Come try it out!

  • The Making Of An Organic Food Forest (Make Up Classes)!

    For those who have taken part in at least five (5) out of ten (10) classes, they may make up for missed classes over the next two (2) Wednesdays. Material for 2-3 classes will be covered each of the next two weeks. The Making of an Organic Food Forest. Concepts taught will include, but not be limited to, learning ‘new era’ methods for planting, caring & propagating all types of fruits & vegetables; plus improving soil, irrigation options & fertilizing. Those who participate in the classroom lesson will have the added incentive of $5, which upon completion of all 10 classes can earn a $50 gift (what type of gift has not been decided yet). Additionally, those who graduate the class will receive an IV Organic Certificate of Completion, plus recommendation for any horticulture or nursery-based business; as it is expected that those who complete the course to have an understanding that will place them in the top 10% in the industry.

  • Game Night At A Million Drops!

    So we had our first ever Game Night at the A Million Drops Learning Center! It was a full house with games of Scrabble, Jenga, Chess, Catan and others! It was lots of fun and had a bunch of delicious food! Thanks to our awesome supporters Heidi and Robert Urbina, Ed and Dana Robledo and Karen Cota Sheahan. A special thank you to Mother Moo Creamery for donating the most delicious, organic ice cream!

     

  • This Past Weeks Acting Workshop

    In our past weeks acting class, under the guidance of professional actor and teacher Robert Galinksy, our class experimenting with various walking techniques to develop and create unique characters!

  • Turtle – A (mostly) Storytelling Show!

    We had a great time at Turtle – A (mostly) Storytelling Show!! Several of our clients (who are talented themselves) got to see a storytelling show by great performers who had us laughing, surprised and deep in thought! Thank you Beowulf Jones and all performers for a wonderful night out!

  • The first six months

    How time flies! It’s been six months already since we opened the doors to our A Million Drops Learning Center, and during that time, it quickly learned to walk and is now slowly beginning to outgrow its baby shoes.

    Each day, we are at full capacity and all in all, we serve up to 25 people daily, Mondays through Fridays from 2 – 6 pm.

    Our weekly programs include classes in Edible Gardening, Acting and Poetry, as well as a Self-Empowerment Workshop. We also have a Podcast and a Film Club, both run by clients of the Learning Center.

    The amazing teachers who volunteer time, sharing skills and knowledge are Charles Malki of IV Organics (Edible Gardening); Greg Johnson of the L.O.V.E. Foundation (Self-Empowerment); Robert ‘The Bench’ Galinsky (Acting); Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers (Poetry & Spoken Word). Our guest Antonio Rivera runs the Film Club and Scott Clapson, also a guest, is in charge of the Podcast.

    Charles (right) and his student Josh serving food grown in our own, edible garden

    Robert Galinsky (front row, 2nd from left) and students of his weekly Acting Class

    Greg Johnson from the L.O.V.E Foundation (4th from left) and participants of his monthly Self-Empowerment workshop

     

     

     

     

     

    Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers is teaching a weekly Poetry Class

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anton, introducing a movie for his weekly Film Club.

    Scott with guests of his Podcast, ‘Real Good Stuff’

     

     

     

     

     

    On December 8, we celebrated A Million Drops’ 5th Anniversary (as well as six months of the Learning Center). With the help of decorations generously donated by film prop house Green Set, the auditorium adjacent to our Learning Center (that is included in our lease for events and classes) was turned into a magical forest.

    DJ Aaron Paar provided the perfect musical background, and everyone who came to celebrate with us had a great time.

    Many visitors who stopped by to drop off a sleeping bag  stayed to browse our bazaar and went home with gift items, from art, greeting cards and painted river rocks to cute little succulents pots home baked cookies – all created by guests of the Learning Center.

    We have big plans for 2019! Our main goals are to start the A Million Drops Choir and to produce a play with the cast and crew consisting of members of our homeless community. Our clients are excited and motivated, and looking forward to the great things that are going to happen in the new year!

    We wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful, exciting , positive and successful year 2019, and we hope that we will be able to count on your continuous support.

  • Our 5th Anniversary Celebration

    It’s been five years since A Million Drops was granted non-profit status and six months since we opened the Learning Center. This calls for a celebration! On Saturday, December 8 we are going to have an Open House & Christmas Bazaar.

    Visit us to get a tour of the Learning Center and Edible Garden, and learn about Real Good Stuff with Scottie, a weekly podcast hosted by us.

    Explore our bazaar where you can shop for Christmas gifts handmade by our young clients – cookies, poetry, art, and much more – and help us raise money, so we can keep our doors open and continue to offer our programs and services. Or just enjoy a snack, mingle with old friends and make new ones.

    Saturday, December 8, 3 – 7 pm  •  Family friendly  •  Easy parking

    A Million Drops Learning Center – 1711 North Van Ness Ave. – Los Angeles, CA 90028