In the summer of 2003, Glitter & Razz began our life as a special program of the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco. The MYT director, Emily Klion, had already made a reputation of incredibly innovative programming for older youth. She approached Allison and me because she was interested in serving younger kids and wanted to partner with folks to create a summer camp for that age group. It was auspicious timing for us. Allison and I met while teaching at a summer camp just the year prior. We had already been envisioning and making plans for the summer program we wanted to create one day. Emily’s call brought that day closer than we could have imagined. We premiered our camp that summer doing what we do best – working with young kids to create and perform their own peaceful and powerful plays. We ran the Glitter & Razz camp at the MYT for 6 summers before moving to the East Bay and setting out on our own. To this day, we are so grateful to Emily and the Marsh for giving us our first home.
That was 10 years ago. We have actually lasted for 10 years. Can you believe it? And we haven’t simply “lasted.” We have transformed and evolved and failed a little and succeeded a lot. 2013 marks our most successful year ever by any measure. So, it would be utterly sinful to let this year pass us by without stopping to reflect. As is a Glitter & Razz tradition, we must celebrate the past year in order to make some goals and set our intentions for the year ahead.
All 215 Go Girls! and their families who were a part of this Compassion Revolution this past summer | The more than 100 Go Girls! who have already registered for summer 2014 before the New Year holiday | Our amazing partnerships with the JCC, CCM, the Santa Cruz MAH, CAPC, and our new partnership with AEF | Michelle Regenbogen | Mike Johnson | Irene zan der Zande and all of her folks at Kidpower | Vicki Dello Joio | Chrissy Mulvihill | Our families and friends (especially our parents!) | Stacey Daraio | All of the 100+ people who helped us raise over $25K to start some good | Natalie Walchuk, Kathleen Hogan, Chelsea Toller and the faculty, staff, parents, and students of Glenview Elementary School | Mike Topf | Bryan Holdman | Thorina Rose | The birth of Starring Celia out into the world | Phil & Kate Weglarz and the arrival of Ruby, our newest, youngest Go Girl! | the city of Oakland and all its amazing citizens | the GGLT | Kiona, Caroline, Julie, Mariah, Kelly, Cassie, Alaysia, Celia, Jazzy and the rest of the Go Girls! Camp staff | Leila and the whole Merzenich family | The years of hard work, focus, imagination, trial & error, attention to detail, passion, faith, and love that have brought us to this place | Every girl and boy who has ever set foot in a Glitter & Razz camp, class, workshop, party, or event over the past 10 years | All the Girl Advocates out there who believe in and support the magic and power that girls have in this world to make a difference
In 2014, we resolve to:
Focus on deepening and not just growth | Take up more space in the world on behalf of the Go Girls! we represent | Become stronger, more vibrant and more radiant as individuals and as an organization | Teach more people what we know | Publish the sequel to Starring Celia | Serve over 300 girls | Continue to practice compassion with even more intention
What are your Go Girls! gratitudes and resolutions for the year ahead? We’d love to hear them.