Poetry Workshop Enriches Five Acres Youth

Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis
Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis

5JammaSlamma, the foster youth slam poetry workshop hosted by actor Matt Lillard (“Scooby Doo,” “Good Girls”) enjoyed a great turnout at its second annual celebration recently. Accompanied by Hawaii’s poet laureate Kealoha and other notable artists, foster youth from Five Acres performed original works of poetry before 150 guests at Werkartz in downtown Los Angeles.
5JammaSlamma began in 2017 as Lillard’s weeklong workshop to teach foster youth the power of creative writing, bringing in poets and musicians to work with the children. With the support of Engaging the Senses and Say Word, the workshop expanded to a six-month program and will continue to serve children living in residential foster care at Five Acres, one of L.A.’s oldest child and family services nonprofits.
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Five Acres Raises Funds for ‘Permanency’

Ryan Dietz is the past Five Acres board chair and founding member of the Five Acres Permanency Tile Campaign.
Ryan Dietz is the past Five Acres board chair and founding member of the Five Acres Permanency Tile Campaign.

Five Acres has launched a fundraising campaign as part of a four-year strategic plan to connect Los Angeles’ 20,000 foster youth with permanent families by the year 2020. Titled “Pathway to Permanency,” the campaign will help fund Five Acres’ permanency efforts and will be represented with 200 inscribed wall tiles installed at the nonprofit’s main campus in Altadena.
The tile campaign comes at a time when the foster care crisis in Los Angeles is reaching its tipping point, with more children entering the foster system than there are families to take them in.
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