On Saturday, April 16, 2016 we produced our amazing community event 'Sweeping Our Streets with Love' to support our temporarily homeless youth and raise community awareness as to the staggering number of homeless youth on the streets of Hollywood every night. Every night we have over 6,000 homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles.
Our street cleanup was such a success because we brought together numerous community partners and our temporarily homeless youth for a common cause. We created a strong sense of community and unity for our youth, instilling love and hope for all those involved, with approximately 400 in attendance cleaning the streets of Hollywood together - politicians, community leaders and organizers, volunteers, and our temporarily homeless youth working side by side to enrich the quality of our community of Hollywood.
We produced our street cleanup with the Office of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, District 13 - Hollywood, The Way to Happiness Organization, and the Los Angeles Department of Streets and Sanitation provided all the tools and equipment for the street cleanup. State Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office was in attendance and presented Certificates of Appreciation for the non-profit organizations in attendance. Spearheaded by Community Organizer for the Office of Councilmember O’Farrell, Sylvan De La Cruz, we were able to plant a beautiful tree outside of Javista Organic Coffee Shop to commemorate the day.
Javista hosted the launch of the event at their location on Sunset Blvd. just east of Highland in the heart of Hollywood. The launch was hosted by the talented Jonathon Bennett. Our partners for the street cleanup included a powerful performance by the amazingly talented Urbanlights Choir, American Street Kid Filmmakers, HavASole Organization, Project Q, and Let's Give Organization.
We marched the streets of Hollywood cleaning and signing while sweeping the street with love, music, and hard work to make our streets a better place. We began at Javista Organic Coffee Shop on Sunset Blvd. and then proceeded west on Sunset, north on Highland, and then east on Hollywood Blvd. We had an intermission at The Way to Happiness Foundation parking lot on Hollywood Blvd. with refreshments and lights snacks with an incredible performance once agin by the angelic voices of the Urbanlights Choir. The cleanup continued east on Hollywood Blvd to Cahuenga. We then went south on Cahuenga where we ended the street sweep at the Hollywood Recreation Center for the pop-up Street Store for our homeless youth and homeless population at large.
The street sweep was truly an electric and eclectic day of love!