Powerful, Heart-Pounding, Soul-Searching
2018 voices of the Unheard performance
A night of art & Inspiration
Thurs, Nov 1
7:00 PM

Join us for our annual VOICES OF THE UNHEARD/L.O.V.E spoken word and theatrical performance
Hosted by Rev. Michael Beckwith at Skirball Cultural Center, Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 7 - 9 p.m.

This event features the writings of incarcerated and at-risk children and young adults in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system. The words written by our most vulnerable youth are performed through song, dance, poetry and storytelling. This year, SAF honors longtime Board Member Bertrand Christian Esq., Actor and Comedian Debra Wilson, and California Wellness Foundation, with CEO Judy Belk.

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Showtime begins promptly at 7 p.m. followed by V.I.P reception at 8 p.m.

Spirit Awakening is a 501(c)(3) arts organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth and children in the juvenile justice system realize their spiritual identity. We use meditation, creative writing, improvisation and visual arts to build character and raise self-esteem one child at a time. We have spent the past 23 years teaching the unheard the power of positive and productive expression.

Impact the lives of incarcerated and at-risk youth today.

Violence is the language of the unheard.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


An annual performance of the written and spoken word of child detainees, as well as a published compilation of their essays, poems, and metaphysical musings. SAF advocates for and celebrates the unedited voices of our most vulnerable citizens.

A series of programs, conducted both in and outside detainment camps, that teach at-risk and incarcerated youth to express themselves through creative writing and visual arts— helping them build a foundation for communication and success.

An annual retreat for advanced Spirit Awakening students at the beautiful Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Here, students gain insight into themselves and each other through the peace and stillness of nature.

Angels of Redemption is our bi-annual outreach trip to Ghana in which students explore culture, history and the impact it has on them. Spirit Awakeners also visit St. Anne's Orphanage to provide the children with food, friendship, toys and tutelage. 


Jamie Socci
Board Chair

Akuyoe Graham
Founder & Executive Director

Lynn Kitchen
Board Member

Our youth leaders

Christine Alegre
Mentoring Services

Johna Rivers
Foster Youth Outreach Liason

Aarron Wilson
Peer Mentor / Teacher's Assistant

Yahniie Bridges

In the presence of love, lives can be transformed and changed.
— Akuyoe Graham, SAF Founder