GIG Spark (Youth Lesson on Compassion Program) this summer.
BAYCAT is a non-profit community media producer that educates, empowers and employs underserved youth and adults in the digital media arts. By bridging the digital divide, BAYCAT inspires students to stay in school and become lifelong learners, and to use the power of digital media and design to shape their communities and tell their unique stories.
The stories they shared of things kids shouldn’t witness would make your jaw drop. Christopher Vanegas, 15, said there’s so much violence in his neighborhood that he doesn’t go out to play. When I asked him, “How does that make you feel?” He answered, “It’s normal.”
Vanegas is just one of hundreds of brilliant, caring and inspiring kids that BAYCAT serves. He teamed up with his BAYCAT friends, John Paul Mackey and Willie Lamar Turner, Jr., and hit the streets of their Bayview neighborhood to create this GIG Spark. Their goal: to inspire you to send a postcard to someone you love.
Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that changes the trajectory of someone’s life. A thoughtful act, a call and even a post card — these little things have great meaning to those on the receiving end.
GIG is about inspiring small actions that ripple out to meaningful changes. As we’ve experienced, the ripples continue to billow out, one story, one person, one act at a time.
What will you do? Please share in the comments below.
We hope this video inspires you to do something nice for someone in need in your community in the next 24 hours.
Willie Lamar Turner, Jr. – 15
John Paul Mackey – 14
Christopher Vanegas – 15
Where: San Francisco
Spark: Send a postcard to someone you love
FEELING INSPIRED? Make your own GIG SPARK.
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