Who we are:
The SOULcial Workers is an agency of entertainers and educators, who aim to build community and inspire social change by cultivating creativity and restoring relationships. We offer programs, services and events dedicated to the social education and emotional development of at-risk youth
As social artists, we are not only creators and innovators, we are activist, advocates, and healers. We believe fully in the transformative power the arts posses, as well as the responsibility that artists themselves carry to influence positive change in their communities.
We aim to contribute to community wellness by holding space for people to be seen, heard, and understood. We create exciting, entertaining and explorative environments that uses a variety of art forms including Music; Dance, Interactive theatre, spoken word and storytelling to facilitate connection between people and place. Our Edutainment programs aid youth in developing awareness, leadership skills, emotional literacy, cognition and compassion to enhance the relationship between their inner understanding and outward expression.
The SOULcial Workers envision a world where every youth is provided the safety and support to explore and develop identity. We see a world where all youth have equal access to the arts and are empowered by connected, compassionate and culturally competent communities.
To inspire healing, create inclusion and nurture creativity for all youth in vulnerable populations
My name is Dairrick, I want to begin by saying thank you so much for visiting the site. I appreciate you taking the time to find out a bit more about The SOULcial Workers. I hope that any questions that may have come up for you were answered. If not,
please feel free to hit us up anytime under the "contact" tab above. I look forward to the opportunity to connect with you further and hope that you'll join us for one of our events soon to say hello in person.
To me, community is everything. So much of who we all are is rooted in, and shaped by the relationships we have to the people and places around us. Its is my desire to build and strengthen community in everything that I do. I grew up in San Diego, CA and I proudly belong to Southeast. In my own community I play a couple of different roles. I am a performing artist with a passion for singing, writing, and acting. I have been actively involved in the arts since I was a kid and have had some incredible experiences in my professional career. I am also a community mentor and youth advocate. I've spent the last 11 years in social services working closely with youth and families in diverse populations. Most recently, I am the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of The SOULcial Workers.
At my core I am child of survival, and it is ultimately my lived experiences that have guided my pursuits as both an artist and in social work. I am spent the larger part of my upbringing in the child welfare system. I know first hand what it is like to grow up in world where dysfunction is your norm. lived most of my youth never having the language to identify nor regulate my emotions. I was additionally unable to identify the impact my traumatic experiences had on my ability to function in school, build relationships and establish safety in any environment.
I wasn’t until I discovered the arts that I learned the importance of self expression and developed the tools necessary to process some of the things I had survived throughout my journey. I was able to explore and gain exposure to various forms of artistry; foster my talents and establish a sense of identity that has carried through my life, which I have dedicated to creating similar avenues for youth like myself.
The number one challenge youth have expressed to me are feelings of loneliness and disconnection. They have been surviving through extreme levels of trauma and adverse circumstances, and are being silenced by shame. This creates symptoms from our youth that can present across a spectrum of behaviors ranging from substance abuse to suicide, which is the second-leading cause of death among youth in the United States.
Youth who are provided access to creative outlets, the opportunity to process their emotions, and a chance to understanding how to separate who they are, from what has happened to them, will score exponentially higher on the resiliency scale and demonstrate an improved capacity for wellness throughout adulthood.
It is important for young people to understand the dynamics of relationships, to know how to identify healthy and unhealthy relational patterns and gain the skills to build them in their own lives. Youth need a community of compassionate and invested people to walk with them through lives obstacles. I have founded this organization as a vow to play my part in creating awareness to preventing senseless loss; to ensure that no one is neglected or feels alone, limited by their differences or experiences and robbed of the opportunity to reach their full potential.
So much about the way we connect needs real change, and I believe that this kind of change requires artist to get involved and create it. As artists we are gifted with abilities to inspire and influence. We naturally posses a necessary vulnerability that gives us the power to create community connection, and connected communities create change. Personally I can't think of a better place to invest our aspirations for a better world than in our youth. After all, this world belongs to them.