Each One Reach One

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 146 South Spruce Ave South San Francisco CA 94080 USA

Mission:

EORO was founded by Robin Sohnen to respond to her home county of San Mateo County''s lack of creative diversion programs for incarcerated youth. Our Legacy: Independence and Empowerment; transforming the lives of kids behind bars.
Since 1997, EORO has offered artistic and educational opportunities inside juvenile detention facilities, pre-release and post-release planning, organized community participation in the juvenile justice system, and promoted collaboration among the system''s various components.
Each One Reach One (EORO) believes that youth behind bars are kids, first and foremost; that one-on-one mentoring through the creative act of playwriting and academic tutoring provides the best way to positively influence the beliefs that incarcerated youth hold of themselves and that society holds of them. EORO believes that young people have the right to learn from their mistakes, that they need to be encouraged to take responsibility for building a better future for themselves, and that education is the tool that can transform their lives.
We support their efforts to transform their lives through theatre arts experiences and academic tutoring; reinforcing their ability to develop into productive members of our community.
EORO History - Each One Reach One (EORO) began in 1997, as an advocacy organization to divert incarcerated kids and kids on probation from a life in prison.
Over the past decade, EORO has evolved into a unique non-profit that organizes the community to participate in diversion programs serving detained youth. EORO conducts artistic, literacy and post-release services programs inside juvenile detention facilities that annually engage over 100 community members in the juvenile justice system as individual mentors, educational tutors, painters and actors while promoting cooperation and collaboration among the systems various components.
In 1998, EORO began exploring the potential use of experiential arts programs as an intervention strategy for teenagers at the highest risk of spending their adult lives in prison and conducted our first Playwriting program in May, 1998. In 2000, EORO formed a Board of Directors and secured non-profit status. In 2002, EORO formed ADAPT (A Dream and A Plan for Tomorrow), a partnership that currently includes representatives of the San Mateo County Office of Education, the San Mateo Juvenile Probation Department, Youth Service Center staff, and JobTrain. In 2002, San Franciscos primary juvenile detention facility-the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), contracted with EORO to conduct playwriting workshops. Soon afterwards, EORO began exploring ways to replicate ADAPT in San Francisco County. In 2004, EORO built a partnership with the San Francisco County Office of Educations Woodside Learning Center, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, JJC staff and the University of San Francisco and the Youth Guidance Center Improvement Committee, which conducts an extensive post-release GED program.
In 2005, we began conducting ADAPT at JJCs maximum-security boy''s unit. Since 1998, EORO''s programs have served almost 1100 high-risk youth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I mentor for Each One Reach One's play writing program for incarcerated youth. It is an incredible program. In my view, this program should be provided for children, youth, and adults everywhere. it is a powerful way for the participants to reflect upon and express their experience of life. The well structured and guided course gives the youth a clear and powerful voice. There is a staged reading by professional actors for a live audience giving positive recognition for each writer. This program empowers, transforms, and gives the possibility for change. I learned a lot through mentoring on the program and it helped with my writing. The arts are so very important to society. We all need to realize we need art! Aristotle said, "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." We all have an inner life that needs to be expressed. When this isn't expressed it can manifest itself in destructive ways. Each One Reach One provides a positive, constructive environment for youth to express the significance of their inner life. I heartily support their work!
~Matthew Sloan

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I've been volunteering with the GED program in San Francisco for a little over four years. It's a consistently incredible experience. We try and keep the pairings between tutor and student consistent, so you really do get to build a relationship with the kid. It's great to watch their self-esteem and confidence in their abilities slowly grow over the months or even years.

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I volunteer at Each One Reach One as a GED tutor. I've absolutely loved working with the kids. They are so motivated and come to study hall of their own volition, giving up their rec time to come in and do school work. I've been paired with a couple different boys now, and every one of them has been motivated and focused. It's also great that we're helping kids who probably don't get a lot of help on schoolwork at home and in school. I really believe that we're giving these kids a chance at a different life and offering them an opportunity they might not otherwise have.

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I feel so blessed to be volunteering with EORO doing GED tutoring. They give volunteers the opportunity to help where it is most needed. I haven't been doing this long, but it is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. I look forward to continuing and hopefully expanding work with EORO.

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Over a course of more than 10 years I have worked with EORO as an actor and playwriting mentor. The model is excellent: it is high quality, a one-to-one ratio for mentor/incarcerated youth. Actually more than that as we become a community during each two-week residency; mentors support each other and the youth support each other and we all support each other. Seriously, it becomes not merely (!!) an excellent tutorial and opportunity for the youth to learn, develop and express creative writing skills and critical thinking abilities; it is also an opportunity for them to experience the best aspects of the creative/collaborative process which is also important to their improved life paths.

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My experience with EORO started at its inception - i donated without designating how my donation would be applied, but after a chance meeting with Robin Sohnen, Founder and Executive Director I knew my donation would be well-placed helping at risk youth. I have the benefit of hindsight now - and besides monetary donations over the years I have volunteered doing office work, been a volunteer at their fundraisers and a Board Member. I've seen first hand EORO's mission delivered, their growth as a non-profit and the inroads politically to make a difference in these youth's lives. And the youth population has responded - EORO's programming speaks to a need that breaks down internal walls and sets youth free. I've been to the performances and witnessed the closing circle where youth in detention, their parole officers, their mentors and sometimes family members join hands and you can see that the youth's lives has changed forever. I am honored to be involved with EORO - it has enriched my life in untold ways. Thank you EORO!

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I love this organization. In the four years I have been involved with them I have attended about a half dozen playwriting shows and it never gets old to see young people be given a chance to rewrite the script for the rest of their life. The work involves diverse volunteers and mentors from the community who join together to help break down the stereotypes and attitudes that keep at-risk kids down and destined to a cycle of incarceration. Amazingly powerful!

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I attended one of Each One Reach One play performances at the detention center in San Mateo County. It was quite an experience to see but one I will most certainly will never forget. The young men that wrote the plays looked so happy and excited to see their plays preformed by actors and even more thrilled to have them acted out in front of an audience. I was struck by one young man's story and how he was released for the detention center but asked to come back so he could have his play preformed. It just shows how much he enjoyed participating in the play writing workshop and wanted to see his play through to the end. Each participant seamed excited to have their plays heard and appreciated. I think what Each One Reach One is doing for our incarcerated youth is trying to break the cycle and educate them while getting them on the right track.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the board of Each One Reach One after attending one of the play reading performances at the San Francisco detention center. I was blown away by the plays written by these youth who were 'doing time' at the facility. The sensitivity, knowledge, love, self awareness that were expressed in their words filled me with amazement. I wanted to be part of an organization that could provide this type of opportunity for self expression to these kids. To see the pride in each boy's face as they accepted the applause and certificate for their achievement was priceless. I believe in the program and am committed to help it grow and succeed.

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I have worked with EORO in their playwriting program as an actor and mentor. The greatest aspects of the program are it gives the incarcerated youth a voice and self-worth. I have experienced young folks saying "I didn't know I could actually write a play!" when mentoring, and I can see how proud of them selves they are. Parents who come to the staged readings are often teary-eyed they are so proud of their child's achievement. It is truly a moving experience for everyone involved and I know we've all helped make a difference in everyone's lives.

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