1st Annual International Wombyn’s Day: Planting the Seeds of Resistance @Pico Youth & Family Center

Santa Monica, Ca- PYFC will host its 1st Annual International Wombyn/Women’s Day: Planting the Seeds of Resistance on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5pm to 10pm at the Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC). Those interested in supporting female empowerment through art, music, culture, and in advancing social justice are invited to attend.

Through a 1000 people march for peace, the PYFC was born. Since 2002, the PICO YOUTH & FAMILY CENTER (PYFC), a non-profit organization, has served hundreds of at-risk youth on the Westside by providing much needed case management, counseling, tutoring, computer training, job readiness preparation, and music production training.  PYFC targets youth ages 16-24 that are most at risk – including those who are failing academically, not in school, or on probation. The PYFC is a positive alternative to the streets for many of Santa Monica's youth and young adults who seek guidance, support and service. Our mission is to promote peace, unity and social justice.

PYFC’s Wombyn's Group is a safe space for the young females who attend Samohi, Olympic, and SMC and/or are from the community of Santa Monica. The wombyn (women) of PYFC are dedicated in improving the educational and mentorship opportunities, leadership empowerment, and civic engagement in our communities. We seek to inspire the women to think critically about how we are portrayed in society. The group promotes and encourages the development of our self-identity and unity among women. PYFC’s goal is to equip them with the necessary tools for them to adjust in everyday situations and throughout their lives. We also want to generate within these girls a feeling of inner respect and love for themselves, while learning to be self-empowered.

This is a fundraiser for the young wombyn of PYFC. We want to keep our program running and growing for future events and services. We are asking for a ($5-10) donation at the door, which will enter guests in a raffle.

international wombyn/women’s day will include live art by Sand One, performances by Hope, Jasmine Nicole Jamison, and K'la J (Krystal Jasmin), Los Angeles based rappers: Reverie and Vel the Wonder, Azteca dancers (Majawil wq'ij), Grupo Folklórico de UCLA and Traditional Southern Cloth (Native American dance). Arrive early to be apart of a special ceremonial blessing of the center.  Support vendors, such as: Ilaments Jewelry, Checa Chic, Angelsity Banditz Klothing, Cha Cha Covers, Special Blends, Teocintli Shop and more! Homemade food (made with love by some of our mothers) will be for sale.  The evening will also include music by DJ Bella Foxx and Miss Sunny Z. Throughout the night, we will be paying homage to Rigoberta Menchú and other wombyn leaders, including, honoree of the evening, Maria Loya. 

What:                          International wombyn’s/women’s Day to benefit Pico Youth & Family Center
Date/Time:      Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5-10pm
Where:            The Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC)
715 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Admission:      Raffle & Donation ($5-10) (www.picoyouth.org)


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