I am so excited to invite you to this event we are putting together funded by the Tomorrow Project - a grant we were lucky to receive from TOMS.
Come and help us create a fun day full of free classes for our community especially targeting kids in or recently transitioned out of the foster care system. The day will include open Samba, drumming, capoeira classes and roda where we can introduce our community to any kids who wants to come and try us out. We have reached out to a few organizations to help us spread the word about this day but if any of you know professionals in the field or kids who wants to participate, especially ones from that demographics- please invite them as well. Under the same grant we will also be offering full one year capoeira scholarships to three young women- including class tuition, Batizado fees, uniform and more. This is a day to let those girls know what our community and this culture is all about. So we need you to come and bring your positivity, your good energy, and your own special axe :) More information about the scholarship will be available then (you can also contact us about further details via email at our website www.CapoeiraSouthBay.com
Schedule of classes will be posted here in next few weeks a long with an electronic flyer for you all to share with your community.
WHY FOSTER GIRLS?
Foster kids receive support up until they are 18 years old, for the most part. As they 'age out of the system' they are practically on their own, navigating their life with the expectation of them being an independent adult. They arrive to their young adult life sometimes missing basic support and community that can be the safety net all of us needed at that age. In 2012, studies estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in California are or were formally involved with the child welfare system. 58% of 72 sexually trafficked girls in Los Angeles County’s STARS Court in 2012 were foster care kids. The story of capoeira along with its vibrant community can offer a networking opportunity for these young adult along with the support they need. In addition building a relationship with your body that is anchored around health, movement, and empowerment is instrumental in walking differently in the world, building a powerful image of what a woman can be in the world, and raising one's self worth.
I hope I can have you support and help in this; capoeira has given me so much I need your help in passing it forward.
Let's do this :)