Join us this April in sewing backpacks, organizing compassion kits and writing letters for homeless neighbors.
Contact: Anita Coleman and Helena Carlson
Irvine, Calif., January 31, 2019 – We are excited to share that Irvine for Everyone and InSight Magazine, Irvine, are establishing a partnership together. Our joint mission will be to educate, engage, and inspire change by highlighting poverty issues in our immediate communities.
Creative Crafts for a Cause: Handmade Backpacks and Compassion Kits for Homeless People will be our first family-friendly event. Save the date: Thursday April 25th early evening! Details coming soon.
Irvine for Everyone, I4E is a grassroots community outreach initiative that is focused on demystifying homelessness. I4E emerged organically in April 2018 as an advocacy campaign led by Dr. Anita Coleman and Wendy Williams to Mayor Wagner, City of Irvine. A couple of hundred Irvine residents joined the effort to increase public support for the City of Irvine helping people experiencing homelessness in the OC. “Every city in the OC should have a group like Irvine For Everyone” said Heather Stratman who helped advise I4E on their first advocacy campaign, then Executive Director, Association of California Cities-OC. Recognizing that shared social spaces such as social media and digital libraries can be helpful tools to educate the general public about structural issues of poverty, decrease stigmatization of homeless people, and leverage political will, Coleman soon launched the Irvine for Everyone Digital Library.
The 2018 OC Grand Jury Report “Where There’s Political Will, There’s A Way” identified “NIMBYism as a significant factor …Cities report that their residents appear resistant to any type of housing that accommodates the homeless near them.” Thus, the I4E digital library makes available carefully curated information resources and partners with local communities to leverage a wide range of educational experiences. I4E is focused on strengthening our communities by demystifying homelessness, supporting the creation of the full spectrum of housing in Irvine, California, and empowering evidence-based solutions for ending OC homelessness and housing shortages. Visit http://irvineforeveryone.org/ and contact Anita to schedule an experience.
InSight Magazine is a student-initiated and student-run, digital and print publication dedicated to addressing poverty issues in the local region. Its mission is to harness the power of media to educate and inspire change by highlighting creative and effective approaches to poverty alleviation. Through storytelling and community-building activities, InSight works to combine creative energy with social impact.
InSight Magazine was initially only a small group of students with a vision to bring to light the deep pockets of poverty prevalent among even the wealthier communities of Orange County. With group effort and support from the Barnes and Noble College scholarship, InSight Magazine’s inaugural print issue was successfully released at its launch event in April of 2018. Visit www.insightmag.org/read to view the inaugural issue.
About InSight Magazine:
InSight Magazine is the first UCI student-led digital and print publication focused on making poverty visible and knowledge actionable. Incubated at the UCI Blum Center, their mission is to harness the power of media to educate, engage, and inspire change by exploring poverty and highlighting creative and effective approaches to poverty alleviation in Southern California.
Helena Carlson is a UC Irvine student studying literary journalism. She hopes that in the years to come, InSight will continue to grow and engage its readers so that the issue of local poverty will have its place among Californian concerns.