Mar 2, 2015
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An impressive smartphone-powered light show at the SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday was created by more than 16,000 charitable youth, including a contingent from Richmond.

Colbie Caillat and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom were among the celebs who spoke to the youth at Free the Children’s WE DAY, a celebration of kids who help to transform their communities through service.

“Richmond had strong and visible representation at the WE DAY event, which was also attended by youth from as far as Arizona and Louisiana,” according to Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter.

Participating were students from Richmond ESC’s (Excellence Serving our Community) Youth Leadership Committee (YLC), Lovonya DeJean Middle, Richmond High, Kennedy High and De Anza High.

Their contributions included collecting non-perishable goods for local food shelters, rebuilding Richmond’s Parchester Village playground, collecting and distributing over 200 toys during the holidays for local neighborhood children, volunteering at a variety of local organizations and organizing community beautification projects, Lindsay’s newsletter stated.

Other notable attendees included J.R. Martinez, 9-year-old Ezra French, Kid President, Cody Simpson and Cher Lloyd.

To learn more about youth service initiatives in Richmond, contact Jantsan Damdinsuren at or (510) 620-6563.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.