AWOKE is a global leader in youth and community empowerment through creative transformation, civic engagement, and community healing. AWOKE aims to improve access to the arts and athletics, increase civic engagement, and foster positive youth development. Through intergenerational and intercultural exchange, AWOKE envisions a world anchored in the principles of collaboration and cultural equity.
AWOKE was founded in 2017 by Eric "Roxswift" Chapman, Lorenzo "Devious" Chapman, and Pierre "Pierre Boogie" Arreola. The trio initially joined forces in 2010 as “The GR818ERS”, a grassroots collective dedicated to improving racial and cultural tensions in the San Fernando Valley, CA and beyond. AWOKE was born from the work of The GR818ERS and supports the work of similar organizations locally and globally.
AWOKE produces community development projects, arts and athletics programming, and cultural events to empower youth and young adults to become leaders in their community. AWOKE engages scholars, artists, and athletes as educators, mentors and change makers by building their capacity to drive social change and connecting them to meaningful service opportunities in their community.
Featuring Lorenzo "Devious" Chapman | Co-Founder & Creative Director of The GR818ERS | Credits: Invisible Children
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