Live in Your Purpose Event

On August 2nd we had the privilege of collaborating with Mad Love Society to host the Live in Your Purpose event! Mad Love Society showed love to our community by offering free beauty and barber services while Project Kinship provided a meet and greet with GremlinRaps, introduction to our Workforce program, and an on-spot Medi-Cal and CalFresh application.

Our community enjoyed a full day of facials, hairstyling, makeovers, prizes, food, and music thanks to Mad Love Society!

“During the event, I had a family approach my station for free clothes. She let me know that the event helped her tremendously as she had currently lost everything and was coming from Riverside!”
– Dianey C, Youth and Education Program Manager

School is Back in Session

Our Schools team has hit the ground running! In the first week of being back to school, we facilitated 10 circles at Romero Cruz Academy and 10 more at Century High School! The aim of these circles were to help students ease back into in-person learning, as many have never been to their school sites.

We would like to highlight Valley High School who kicked off the school year with an incredible event to provide students and their families with school supplies, masks, hand sanitizers, and school clothes.

In addition to our superb partnership with SAUSD, we are also officially providing Restorative Practice services to all high schools in GGUSD! Our Schools team is unstoppable, providing services to three school districts, totaling 21 schools in OC. Our team is ever growing with four new Restorative Practice Staff and five more to follow!

Bishop Manor Community Event

On July 24th, the Project Kinship team along with several partners provided a full day of free resources for the Bishop Manor community in Santa Ana! This eventful day included a children’s event, food distribution, haircuts, raffle prizes, a DJ, hot dogs, clothing distribution, and soccer scrimmages. It was a day full of laughter, thankfulness, and community – we loved being out and interacting with the residents of Bishop Manor! HUGE shoutout to our partners Church of Southland, Project Hope, The Pure Game, 7/11, Pat Lee, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Soul to Soul, and all of our hardworking volunteers! We are thankful for these partnerships as we work together to bring life to communities in Santa Ana!

Breaking Barriers Banquet

In late June, our Workforce and Development department held a banquet of celebration for our participants who have shown dedication, persistence, and vigor in their programs! At this banquet we had special guest Dr. Al Valdez join to speak on his life story as a first generation immigrant who escaped extreme poverty and is now a nationally recognized gang psychology expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Valdez inspired our participants with his passion of high education and grit.

Our participants were able to celebrate their success in the past year with a DJ, buffet dining, raffles, a special performance, and the company of their supporting case managers!

Left: Geronimo S, Right: Stephany C

Art Therapy

Project Kinship’s Kinship Reintegration Education and Work (KREW) program serves system-impacted youth ages 16-24. KREW offers a weekly safe space where participants learn life and financial literacy skills, and receive social-emotional support services.

At a recent KREW gathering, our staff led youth participants through an art activity that focused on individual uniqueness. The objective of this particular activity was to recreate a painting. At first, our participants were hesitant because they didn’t believe they could recreate the work of art. But as they began to blend colors and feel more comfortable, they unleashed their creativity. By the time the circle came to a close, our youth could step back and see the masterpieces they created. They also realized that, although their paintings mirrored the model painting, they had each created their own unique art. We’re looking forward to bringing more art and healing to our KREW youth.