Saying “Eayikes!” Without Fear

An emerging non-profit teaches kids how to build community.

Ray Ricafort was bummed. He had been volunteering at Beach High, a remedial high school in Long Beach, CA, and was sure he’d been getting through to the kids. “I just had this idea that I’d come in, and it would be all good,” he says. Ricafort had shown up once a week to lead diversity exercises and conversations, show videos, and help to build a sense of community among the students. He had gotten to know a few of them pretty well, and felt like they were finally warming up to him. So last year, when he and a group of college friends established a free summer camp with the exclamatory name “Eayikes,” he was pretty disappointed when none of his Beach High School students showed up.

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