Spirit Awakening Foundation

Spirit Awakening Foundation is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to assisting youth and young adults in the realization of their spiritual identity through the written and spoken word.

Utilizing the tools of meditation, dramatic improvisation, and creative writing, the foundation builds character and raises self-esteem, one child at a time.

Our mission is to help teens and “at risk” youth gain inner focus, discipline their time and improve their writing and communication skills.

What most people do not know is that over 80% of incarcerated juveniles have been either raped or molested multiple times, or been the victims of drug or alcohol addicted parents or guardians. 

Many of these children are deeply wounded and in their pain and misery lash out at their families and communities. 

With what it takes to incarcerate one child in the juvenile justice system, ($68,000), Spirit Awakening Foundation is able to implement an entire year of programming for 60 students!


Programs in the community

Tools of Empowerment Program:

For three years Spirit Awakening Foundation had a grant contract with the Los Angeles County Probation Department to provide gender specific services in six middle schools. This program reached 350 at-risk girls with the core program, tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities, mother-daughter events, and speakers. School attendance, self-esteem, and grades improved significantly.

Juvenile Detention Camp Program:

About three times a year Spirit Awakening delivers Writes of Passage to incarcerated youth. They end up in camps for many reasons- truancy, gang activity, drug abuse, prostitution; many have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. They learn life skills, improve communication, set goals, build self-esteem and commit to service.


Over the past ten years, 1300 Spirit Awakening graduates from schools and juvenile detention camps have consistently demonstrated:

Greater commitment to community leadership and service

Better communication and goal-setting skills

Greater respect for parents, peers and authority figures

Improved verbal and writing skills

Higher self-esteem, motivation and expectation

Lower drop out rates, better grades, higher school attendance