I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.) program. The workshop was very well organized. Young men from different cultural backgrounds attended. The attendees were nervous and shy at the beginning. There were several presentations on filling out applications and writing resumes as well as having a successful interview. We all assisted while they practiced and role played. Throughout the process Almaz was assuring the attendees to be themselves and it’s ok to make a mistake. I started noticing half way into the program how relaxed the young men became. They spoke with confidence and asked questions. I was impressed on how a four-hour workshop can make so much difference. Almaz is amazing for organizing this program and I hope I’ll get another opportunity to volunteer.

 Tsion Girma


Live Music, Food, Art and spiritual healing practices at Au lounge. Created moments of joy, collective healing, and community building.  This is ongoing monthly event. The next celebration will be held August 24, 2016, 6:00pm - 9:30pm at 2430 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612


 Love Consciousness Celebration

Our job placement and professional leadership training these past two weeks July 14-20 had enormous future impact to our people. From the 32 men we had trained 24 of them had attended the Oakland Convention Center job fair July 21, 2016. Sharing leadership, resources, and mutual love for the community we were able to give back in a major way, which is extraordinary to our team and our community. We make a difference when we work together.

GCEA/"Youth Empowerment Services", collective members and volunteers and "The MenTouring Project " Frank Figgaroa Clayton, work together for the job placement and professional leadership training on July 19, 2016. Together we will serve our community today and create leaders for tomorrow!


Our youth and community educators created leadership opportunities at the job training program. We encountered many individuals that were not adequately prepared. They were not dressed appropriately, did not know how or have confidence in expressing themselves. Many participants do not have a resume, could not fill out an application, and did not show the proper attitude that employers are looking for.


Our trainings covered the important soft skills and more. We want to see our young men successful. When they are prepared, they can walk into a job interview with confidence.


        Sisters Healing Practice By  Elder Pan Africa Women

              Sisters Healing Ceremony