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12th Annual Hope & Unity Awards (Virtual Gala)

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This is our first-ever free virtual gala experience, Intersectional Voices: Los Angeles Unified for Social Justice & Movement Building.

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Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) invites you to the 12th Annual Hope & Unity Awards Gala on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

The #PYFCGala is a special time for us to recognize extraordinary individuals in our community who have successfully transformed their own lives as well as the lives of others.

This year’s Hope & Unity Awardees are:

Cynthia Santiago, Immigration Attorney

Maria Vivanco, Labor Organizer

Ron Wilkins, Author, Civil Rights Leader

Gina De Baca, Activist, Founder of Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have re-imagined this year’s virtual gala to center Intersectional Voices: Los Angeles Unified for Social Justice & Movement Building, a conversation on how far we have come and how far we have to go, and the role of community allies like yourself in building solidarity and positive social change.

The Intersectional Voices Panel includes:

Luis J. Rodriguez, Author, Founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural

Dr. Melina Abdullah, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, Professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA

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The Gala also features

Virtual Happy Hour (4:30-4:55pm)

Intersectional Voices: Live Discussion Panel + Q&A (5-6pm)

Award Ceremony + Youth Stories (6-6:30p)

During the Gala, you will hear from the youth we serve who will share their stories of positive transformation and how our program and services contributed to their success.

Join us in bringing Hope and Positive Transformation to the lives of the youth we serve.

Register for Free to the Virtual Gala and Donate at Checkout.

PYFC provides a safe haven for underserved youth and their families. We empower young people (ages 8-24) through professional training in Music, Film, Creative Arts, Technology, Leadership Development and more.

Your contribution will support PYFC's innovative and unique model of youth services and programming.

Every contribution is Tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

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Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) is a non-profit organization that emerged as a grassroots movement in 1998 to address gang violence, after a series of gang-related youth homicides in Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood. Our culturally relevant youth programming is credited with reducing violence and increasing college graduation rates in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and surrounding communities. PYFC has evolved into a premier youth program focused on Music, Art, Entertainment & Technology. In 2002, PYFC opened the first public recording studio serving marginalized youth of color. We have engaged thousands of youth and young adults (ages 8-24) throughout Los Angeles County, providing daily after-school access to state of the art technology and training for youth to learn marketable skills while collaborating and creating original music that promotes social justice and positive social change.

Please use Hashtag #PYFCGala to help raise awareness on your Social Networks.

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