March 22nd – Spark The True You Campaign Tip Off Event + Women Veteran’s Summit
Goal: Spark the True You, presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Military and Veteran Affairs and Mental Health, educates, assists and activates a growing community of support across Southern California for military women, veterans and their families looking for ways to be successful and achieve their ultimate physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health goals. The partnership casts a greater spotlight on military women, veterans and their families in an effort to highlight and underscore the invaluable community asset that they are.
Who: Women in active duty, women veterans, and their families
What: During the first half of the day, women in active duty, women veterans, and their families spent time listening to informed and empowered guest speakers. In the second half of the day, guests were provided information on employment opportunities and veteran programs exclusively available to them while also being given access to wellness activities.
Why: Empower military women and veterans to spark their truth in their own communities as a benefit to themselves and to their fellow sisters.
May 24th & May 25th – WE RISE
Goal: WE RISE is a 10-day pop-up immersive experience that brings together LA’s diverse community to explore our collective power to live lives of purpose and engagement. Through powerful programming, performances, immersive workshops, and a world-class art exhibition, we seek to embolden individuals and families to find help, reach out to help others and demand systemic change in order to address the critical need for early intervention, treatment and care for mental well-being.
Who: LA Sparks player Alexis Jones, Sparky, and LA Sparks Dance Crew
What: On Friday May 24th, Alexis Jones showed her support by participating in a tour of the We Rise art exhibition. As well as sharing her own personal story with over 30 teenagers at the Teen Town Hall on Mental Health event.
Why: In coordination with the Spark The True You campaign, the LA Sparks are committed to focusing on empowering and providing a sense of purpose by showing up for our LA community. No one is alone.
May 28th – Spark the True You: A Convening of Women Veteran Thought Leaders
Goal: To learn how the County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, the Department of Mental Health and the Los Angeles Sparks, working in partnership as Spark The True You, can better connect women veterans and their families to the benefits and resources that are available to them so that they can enjoy a greater spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
Who: Facilitator, Ken Homer, from Honig IdeaGuides and Women veteran thought leaders from numerous branches and military organizations across all of southern California.
What: Over 30 women veteran thought leaders came together at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall to have a thoughtful discussion addressing the current state of affairs for military women, women veterans, and their families.
Why: To gather information from our veteran thought leaders on what and where the Spark the True You Campaign areas of focus should be and how to implement these ideas into our upcoming 9 events this year.