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About Spirit Awakening

With your generous support,
SAF uses meditation, creative writing, improvisation and visual arts to
build character and raise self-esteem one child at a time.


SAF greatly thanks our donors for the impact they make on the lives of the youth we serve.

SPirit Awakening’s SOLUTION

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

Spirit Awakening’s youth leaders

Shirley Garcia
Alumni, Peer Mentor /
Board Mentor

Florence Bannout
Alumni /
SAF Facilitator

Aarron Wilson
Peer Mentor /
Teacher's Assistant


Makeva Tasby
Alumni /
SAF Facilitator Trainee

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