Each One Reach One gives young men and women who have fallen victim to the prison industrial complex a voice, a mentor, skill development, and a path through educational opportunities to overcome a system that profits off of them being locked in a cell. If you are new to EORO and live in or around the Bay Area, please attend a playwriting show as soon as possible to see the work firsthand. You can also read the work of EORO's young playwrights on the website. The stories will make you laugh, cry, feel joy and pain, and I can almost guarantee they'll inspire you to get involved.
I LOVE and continue to support this highly effective, dynamic and heartfelt organization! I was on the EORO Board from 2006-2009, looking for board service and they were just the right fit. EORO continues to defy expectations, to be cutting edge, leading with service, efficacy, and collaborating with community partners to continually break new ground. Anticipating the pipeline of need, they are expanding to serve youth "coming out from inside" to get their GEDs, enroll in community college, and keep expanding. Come on out for a playwriting show to learn firsthand how this terrific organization catalyzes growth, self-worth and actualizes potential!
Years ago... I met an extraordinary women with a vision - Robin Sohnen, Executive Director of EORO. Robin shared with me her goals for Each One Reach One... I instantly saw her vision and chose to support EORO. I've made many financial donations over the years, I"ve been a volunteer at their fundraisers, I've volunteered doing administrative work in the office and was a founding Board Member. I continue to believe in Robin's ability to advance EORO - she has always met the goals of the Board. They use their money wisely, and their hearts are generously given to "reach one" to make a difference!
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!
I can't say enough about the amazing work Each One Reach One does! The organization exposes young adults to creative and expressive art, and for many of the participants, this is their first experience tapping into their creative side. As a former volunteer, I enjoyed watching participants grow and develop and realize their potential in the realm of the arts and education. Each One Reach One is a one of kind organization which allows youth to expand and deepen their knowledge and gives them the ability to overcome barriers.
This organization recognizes and cultivates the talent and potential of young people who have been incarcerated. It gives these youth a chance to find their voice and provides tools they may use to forge a new path. The plays that youth write are performed in very powerful staged readings. But what Each One Reach One does goes far beyond those readings. The programs provide health education, tutoring, and support through community college. It's one small organization doing its part to end mass incarceration by believing in the inherent greatness of these young people, even as they are being told by so many others that they are not worthy. This is why I choose to support EORO.
I have worked with many community programs designed to serve youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Never have I met staff who were more dedicated than those at Each One Reach One. When I attended a reading of the plays that the young detainees wrote, I was moved to tears. Each One Reach One's executive director explains that the youth really engage and take pride in the play-writing experience, and that it inspires them to study for their GED and look forward in a healthy and positive way. Each One Reach One is an impressive organization, driven by compassion and intelligence.
I work as a contracted grant writer for EORO, and I love it there! Robin, Harold, Andrieka, and Cristal are amazing and inspiring people. Working alongside them is a blessing. If anyone should get the opportunity to get involved with EORO, he or she should take it. People involved with EORO not only help youth but also grow as individuals and have a more fulfilling life.
I love EORO--their mission, their staff, and their dedicated volunteers and board of directors. The impact they have on the lives of those who are invisible to too many of us is astonishing, helping young people most at risk re-imagine their lives and set (and accomplish) goals that will transform these youth, their families and their communities. With an arts and education focus, they are changing the world, one on one.
I have been a mentor in EORO's playwriting programs for nearly a decade now and I keep going back for the incredibly rich art being created through these programs. At the core of the program lies the belief that everyone has a story to tell, and everyone's story deserves to be heard. Helping participants give shape to the their imaginations, create alternate worlds through metaphors and work through a conflict is equally enriching for the participants and mentors alike. The sense of accomplishment these participants feel at the end of a program is truly rewarding. My hope is that this program can reach many more teenagers and continues to open up possibilities for those in juvenile halls.
Working and growing with Each One Reach One over the last four years has been life-changing for me. First, I was able to experience being a mentor and I will never forget the passionate, intelligent young people I met inside. I pray they are all free and safe. As complicated and challenging as they're lives are, I positive this program left each one of them with feeling encouraged, you could see it in their warm smiles and glowing faces after they're plays were performed to great applause. Then, EORO and I collaborated on my play about solitary confinement, The Box, which Premiered in San Francisco last July. Each One Reach One was the fiscal sponsor and went above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly while we worked around the clock to raise the funds and bring this incredible production to life. I can't think of an organization with more integrity, vision....and ability to follow-through!