HAYWARD, CA — Cal State University East Bay in Hayward was the setting for a showcase of various youth performances.
The event was called “Stop the Violence” and was hosted by non-profit organization Parti Program.
“We’re about to try and support as many young people as we can to take this back to their communities, to take take it back to their schools and for some of them to their social networks their friends and how can we continue to empower our surroundings to feel safe,” said exec. director Winston Ashby.
Rappers, singers, dancers, even a fashion show were put on by the youth.
The event gave the youth a platform to not only perform but to support fellow young artists.
Local elected leaders including Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Newark Mayor Alan Nagy, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, and Oakland’s first Asian Mayor Jean Quan celebrated the youth.
A reflection of the diverse community of the San Francisco Bay Area — the showcase also featured many Filipino talents.
For these Fil-Ams, they understand that performing has been a way to deal with issues such as bullying and other challenges.
“I have been victim of bullying. I have been victim of anxiety, depression like all humans. But I feel like it was important for me to do this…It’s just another way to connect with people.”
A similar event was also be held in other parts of California including San Jose and Los Angeles.