August 13, 2018
Since 1959, our vision at E&S Ring has been to make a positive difference in the lives of the people and the communities we serve. We got our start right here in the Los Angeles area, and are passionate about investing our time, money and resources into helping all people live well. One local organization that does an incredible job at creating safer, healthier and stronger communities is the GYRD Foundation, which takes its name from the city’s office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GYRD).
The GYRD Foundation helps implement key aspects of the Mayor Eric Garcetti's GYRD strategy, by creating safe spaces in communities affected by violence, poverty and unemployment. They also provide resources and platforms that help community members build trust and healthy relationships with each other and with law enforcement. The foundation’s initiatives, such as Summer Night Lights, Fall Friday Nights and Gun Buy Back, are among the city’s most effective gang prevention programs. The organization is currently celebrating its 10th consecutive year of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a landmark program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months. The program runs from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until August 5 and will resume August 11 through August 25 on Fridays and Saturdays. Activities have ranged from healthy cooking classes, sports leagues to dance and art workshops. Another program that builds on the SNL legacy is the SNL Youth Squad, which offers supportive services to assist youth/young adults in reaching their goals in life.
Several team members at E&S Ring Management were so moved by the GYRD Foundation’s mission that our company recently presented a $5,000 donation to GYRD participant Lexus Jackson at our company’s annual Southern California Picnic at Knotts Berry Farm. It was incredibly inspiring to see Lexus there with our employees and their families, who were able to meet him and embrace him as part of the E&S Ring family. Adrienne Newsom, GYRD president and chief operating officer, said of the gift: “The support from companies like E&S Ring will help us to continue to provide direct services to young people in communities that are under-resourced and impacted by gang violence. It was very encouraging to see one of our participants interacting with the E&S Ring leaders and staff, and to feel that kind of support from the company.”
We feel strongly about giving back and supporting the future generations of our cities — children like Lexus. This is the E&S Ring way.
For more information about donating to the GYRD Foundation, visit grydfoundation.org/donate.