sixteen youth from different Building Health Communities (BHC) organizations.
When this group first started meeting they were not planning to host a concert.
The objective was to try and work together to recruit youth to BHC. Then,
Barbara from KidWorks told the youth, “I have money for a big event so, think
big!” It did not take long, the youth decided to have a concert.
They did not
want to simply have fun and leave without learning something new. So, it was soon decided that the event would be both a concert and a resource fair.
Soon they started to meet every two weeks to plan the event. The
first obstacle was finding a location. They thought about Fourth Street Plaza.
One day they went to speak to the local business and ask for permission to use
the plaza for a concert. Luckily, one of the mangers of the Yost Theater
permitted the youth to use the venue.
The youth were split into different committees with specific jobs
for the concert, such as: food, entertainment, volunteers, and setup. While
working together as one big group.
Over five hundred people went to the event. The entertainment was
fantastic: youth from all over Santa Ana demonstrated their talent. The resource
fair had about 20 organizations giving out information. There was a free photo
booth, haircutting station, and food for event participants. The Grain Project
also had a place for youth to do art work! The event was fun and
successful. The youth are
currently meeting to debrief and plan future events.
- Jesus Gutierrez