Music Makes Life Better for YES feat. Crys Matthews + Keelan Donavan + Jocelyn Faro
Wednesday May 20, 2015
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmJammin Java
GA $15 | Premier $18 | Premier Plus $18
This event is all ages
• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service
• Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES.https://www.jamminjava.com/event/854305/
Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES. The following items can be dropped off at Jammin' Java 10am - 8pm everyday:
Snacks (protein bars, fruit cups)
Gift cards to Safeway
Non-perishable microwavable foods (mac & cheese,
cup of soup)
Backpacks, duffle bags
Mens/Womens underwear, summer clothing, shoes
Travel size wet wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Bars of soap, body wash
MORE ABOUT YES:
YES (Youth Empowered Society) prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth and ally partnerships.
YES's vision is for all Baltimore’s youth to easily access supportive services and stable housing to become powerful in their own lives.
Through the operation of Baltimore’s only drop-in center for homeless youth, that is safe, youth-
friendly, peer-driven, and comprehensive, YES:
●Provides urgently-needed direct services to youth experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed peer and ally support;
●Develops the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have experienced homelessness;
●Partners with youth to advocate for systems change.
On an average night at the YES Drop-In Center, 25-35 youth meet their basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene products, laundry, storage, computer and phone usage, and YES provides a dedicated and safe place to receive mail, clean up, and rest. Youth participants establish supportive relationships with Peer Case Managers, allied staff, and health and legal practitioners who support youth to set goals, create Action Plans that break their goals into discrete tasks, and make and sustain connections to long-term resources. During FY 2014 (July 2013-June 2014), YES served 213 unique youth through more than 4,000 drop-ins and contacts.
YES also provides training, leadership opportunities, and employment to youth so they can safely and effectively serve their peers and achieve meaningful, livable-wage employment after their time with YES. Currently, YES employs five formerly homeless youth. YES is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the fiscal sponsor and provides administrative support and financial management for more than 60 programs working for social justice.
Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland. Matthews has shared rosters with Keb Mo', Mary Gauthier, Natalia Zukerman, Chris Pureka, Liz Longley and more.
Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin' Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI's Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.
A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
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