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A Memorable Weekend at the Open Main Street Festival 2023:

Updated: Apr 10

Mason Arditi and Olivia Pirrone, two of the founders of the YEA posing for a picture at our festival booth.

Last weekend, we had the incredible opportunity to attend the Open Main Street Festival in Santa Monica on October 21st and 22nd. It was a fantastic two-day event that allowed us to showcase the impactful work we do at the YEA. One of the highlights of the weekend was the chance to showcase one of our student businesses, which sold out!

Volunteers selling raffle tickets at our festival booth.

We also set up an interactive booth that provided festival-goers with insights into the different programs that we offer including, Teenpreneurship, YEA Accelerator, and our Club Chapter program.

A father and son playing mini golf at our festival booth.

Our mini golf game was a hit with festival attendees of all ages. It provided a fun and engaging way to connect with people and raise awareness about our cause. Families and friends enjoyed a chance to win a free raffle ticket while learning about our mission.

Soloniá, founder of Almndmlk, one of the YEA’s student businesses.

One of the most exciting successes of the weekend was the presence of Almndmlk, one of our student-run businesses. Their vegan Bundt cake‘s sold out and the response to their brand was phenomenal. This success not only highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of our students but also serves as a testament that students can turn incredible ideas into reality. Learn more about Almndmlk by checking out their instagram.

Mason Arditi, founder of YEA and Keiko Nakashima, owner of Sunny Blue posing for a photo at our festival booth.

We would like to extend a massive thank you to our sponsors, Sunny Blue and State Farm, for their unwavering support. Their generosity and commitment to our cause made our participation in the Open Main Street Festival possible. It is through partnerships like these that we can continue to make a difference in our community.

Olivia Pirrone, founder of YEA, posing for a picture that donates 5 meals to children in need. Every post using #OnigiriAction helps give 5 meals to children in need.

Additionally, we would like to acknowledge Heal the Bay Aquarium for their generous donation of two adult admission tickets for our raffle. Their contribution added an extra layer of excitement to our event and provided festival attendees with the chance to explore the wonders of marine life while supporting our mission.

YEA Volunteers, Isabel H. And Tess S., running our booth at the festival

Our weekend at the Open Main Street Festival was an incredible experience and we are deeply grateful to all those who attended, engaged with us, and supported our cause. With the continued support of our sponsors, partners like Heal the Bay Aquarium, and the dedication of our volunteers, we look forward to making an even greater impact in the future. Thank you for being a part of our journey and helping us create a brighter future for our community.


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