Mentor Spotlight

Each month, EORO features one of the many incredible mentors that makes our mission and vision possible.

 

 

 

Name:  Bailey Fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Occupation: High School Extended Day Program Coordinator

 

City you reside in: San Francisco, CA

 

Year started working with EORO: 2013

 

Any current projects/productions/shows you are currently working on that you would like to share?
 
I am currently working with a group of poets on a production called ‘7 Last Poems,’ which will show on March 18th and March 20th at the San Francisco Christian Center.

 

How did you get involved in the arts?


I have always been interested in writing poetry and song lyrics. When I was 15 years old, I was assigned to an internship site at Brava Theatre with Colored Ink. I was a part of two productions with Colored Ink and since then, I have been performing spoken word poetry around the Bay Area.

 

What made you decide to volunteer with EORO?
 
I am currently in school to obtain a degree in Psychology so, that I can be in a better position to help young people. I have always had a passion for youth development and advocacy. I felt that becoming a volunteer with Each One Reach One would be a great opportunity to work with youth in a more intimate and focused setting. Given my background with spoken word poetry, I truly enjoy supporting the youth in the program in expression through playwriting.

 

What keeps you coming back? 
 
I continue to mentor with Each One Reach One because I see the empowerment when the plays are read by the actors. I see the youth regain their voices that have been silenced by an imperfect system. In this most recent program, one of the young men said, “It felt good to be seen in a positive light for once.” That is what keeps me coming back.

 

Why do you think this work is important?
 
I think mentoring youth is important because often times, they want someone to talk to and someone to listen to them, rather than judge or diagnose them. I have worked with youth for 10 years and have seen amazing transformations with the smallest acts of kindness and support. Even more so, working with incarcerated youth is important because being locked up can be traumatizing. Many young people who get locked up once, tend to go back. If they know that there are a number of organizations and people rooting for their success, then I believe they will begin to believe in themselves more and more. In particular with Each One Reach One, being able to call themselves a playwright and an artist is another form of empowerment that is important.

 

Any final thoughts or motivational words for our youth?
 
I don’t remember who said this, but I like to remind myself of this daily: “Those who fight monsters should see to it, that in the process, they do not become monsters.”

 

April 2015

 

Norman Gee (never 'Norm')

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupation: Teaching Artist

City: Oakland, CA

EORO Mentor Since: 2005

 

Any current projects/productions/shows you are currently working on that you would like to share?

 

Adult advisor on original project with students at East Bay Center for performing arts, "Freedom Change" Mar.27, 28 & Apr. 3, 4 

 

I am also directing a 7th grade production using the stories that inspired GUYS & DOLLS at Nueva School, Hillsborough. It will perform one night only, 2nd week of May.

 

How did you get involved in the arts?

 

That's a funny question. My mom was single and signed us for various summer programs when we moved to California. I loved singing and kept being drawn into musicals, though I don't remember actually doing any performances.

 

Finally in high school I decided to ditch band (I played the clarinet) and then an eccentric theater teacher got me onstage. I've had the bug ever since.

 

What made you decide to volunteer with EORO?

 

Another actor, Kelvin Han Yee, kept bugging me to try it. Ironically he had just moved back to Los Angeles when I finally did. But seeing the power of the feel-back circle after a performance got me hooked.

 

What keeps you coming back?

 

We've developed a team over the years that makes, what can at times be very trying work, a joy of accomplishment. We truly give voice to those who may never have felt they had anyone wanting to listen before.

 

Why do you think this work is important?

 

It is clear to me that these young people often don't get a chance to be validated as just who they are. Seeing this process at work continues to show me just how powerful such a basic reflection is. 

 

Any final thoughts or motivational words for our youth?

 

Not for the youth, but as a society we could stand to take a good look at ourselves. The waste of such an amazing resource, our youth, means we have the opportunity to tap into something as potentially powerful and self-renewing as solar energy. 

 

We at EORO are mining an ore whose value can easily be turned from trash to gold. It is time to invest in a social recycling movement and reclaim these riches.

 

-Norman G.

Theater Artist/Model