Nuevas Novelas workshops in Boyle Heights

by Community Partners for Justice for My Sister Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
JFMS instructors with PBS SoCal participants
JFMS instructors with PBS SoCal participants

Hey folks! I am writing this update on the behalf of JFMS. I was actually a former work-study student from this last fall's writers workshop for social justice! It was such an amazing experience to share space with amazing professionals in the industry! I am beyond ecstatic to be a part of this collective as a Social Media Consultant.

So much has happened since the start of the new year! For example….

In January 2018, Justice For My Sister collaborated with PBS SoCal to host a two-day media education workshop for former and current foster youth. The workshop series was designed to enhance student interest in media and film careers. The participants also had the opportunity to actively engage with professional mentors in creating a pre-production plan with filming materials!    

In February 2018, JFMS had it’s first advisory board retreat! The retreat was a success as members gathered to discuss and plan JFMS up-incoming programming. The retreat also provided board members the opportunity to reflect and strengthen our roles in the organization. Our awesome board members are dedicated to advancing JFMS mission and educational programming! A very special thank you to Lexi Notabartolo from the Young Storytellers! Lexi, facilitated a wonderful workshop on non-profit planning!  

Now that we are about to enter a new month, we actually have some really exciting news!!!

Our campaign for Nuevas Novelas will be participating in GlobalGiving Girl Fund Initiative! Starting March 1st to March 15th, we need your help inviting folks to donate to our campaign! The goal is to receive as many donations from unique donors, to have a chance to receive funding for Nuevas Novelas!

Please consider inviting three friends to donate to our campaign! You can also share our campaign flyer on social media! If your not already following check us out on social media!!!

Instagram: @justice4sister

Twitter: @Justice4Sister

Facebook: @justiceformysister 

JFMS is extremely excited to take part in this project as we advocate for the advancement of girls worldwide!           

For more information on GlobalGiving’s GIrl Fund check out the following link…

In Solidarity, 

Marina Perez

JFMS Board Members at Retreat w/ Lexi Notabartolo
JFMS Board Members at Retreat w/ Lexi Notabartolo
Please share this flyer on social media!
Please share this flyer on social media!
Gente-fied Creator/Director Marvin Lemus workshop
Gente-fied Creator/Director Marvin Lemus workshop

We're grateful to the instructors, mentors, volunteers and donors that made this term a huge success! Each week for three months, our students met experts in the field of webseries and digital content, storytellers and content creators at the forefront of the field! Students were granted insight to how the industry works, and how to develop their craft of writing for this format. 

To see the recap of our fall term, please check out our slide show here.

We'd like to thank our stellar work-study students who made our work that much easier: Julissa Villatoro, Cassie Rubio and Marina Perez. ALSO! Special shout out to Ivonne Rodriguez, our donor who asked her friends to donate to Nuevas Novelas for her birthday. 

Please consider helping us to reach our funding goal by the end of the year. Challenge your three of friends to match your donation, and spread the word on social media:

If you're interested in volunteering as a mentor or at one of our events, please email us at

Check out our student Julissa Villatoro's testimonial regarding her  from this term: 

I’ve always wanted to work with film and media, and my biggest dream is to become a showrunner of my own series one day. For an introvert like me, it’s a bit of a double whopper to break into the industry. Not only do I have to hone new skills necessary for the field, but I also have to learn to overcome my shyness of meeting new people and sharing new ideas. At Nuevas Novelas, it became that much easier to come out of my shell and do both. Even moreso, I’ve learned that I’m not the only one trying to overcome these obstacles, and it became that much clearer why our communities need programs like Nuevas Novelas to foster our professional development. It was because of the culture cultivated here that I was able to learn so much about filmmaking; but more importantly, about how in turn these spaces could be
potential vessels for community service. I believe in the stories my peers and I are trying to tell, and I believe in its potential to empower and educate our communities in need. I have embarked on my filmmaking career thanks to this program, and it has enriched my professional development in ways I never imagined but I will always be grateful for.

Thanks so much to our generous backers!

With your support, we're midway towards our goal for our Nuevas Novelas Program!

Throughout the next couple weeks, we will be posting testimonials of our students from the summer. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and repost to get the word out about our fundraising efforts! 


We're in the final push to meet our goal by the first day of our Fall Term, October 3. If you become a monthy donor OR double your pledge amount (with your funds, or by bringing in matching funds through an employer or friend), we will enter you in a raffle to win a bottle of Kate del Castillo's Tequila Honor on the date of our upcoming fundraiser at Un Solo Sol Kitchen, October 23! To enter to win, please make sure your matching donor donates with their name (not Anonymous), and email us at to alert us of your additional donation or match.

 We appreciate your generosity! With your support, we are training young people in filmmaking, so that we can have true representation of our communities in Hollywood. If you know any youth interested in partaking this Fall in our Tuesday classes at Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory in Writing for Web & TV, please have them write us at 


Kimberly Bautista, Executive Director of the Justice for My Sister Collective

Outing to Writers Guild of America
Outing to Writers Guild of America

Thank you to our donors! We're thrilled to see an increase of support in light of our students' premiere last week! In five days, we've raised $1885 from 28 new supporters! Please help us continue to expand our supporter base by sharing your commitment to our work on social media and sharing our link:

We appreciate all your efforts in helping us change the face of Hollywood! Our stories are desperately needed, and they need to be told by folks who are underrepresented in the industry. Your support is allowing us to build the skills of young leaders in our communities who now have the platform of filmmaking to heal and advocate for anti-racism, inclusion, and gender equality.

This week has been a productive planning week for our team. We're prepping for the fall term and looking forward to expanding our services. Please consider becoming a monthly contributor, donations of all sizes go a long way! 

We will be hosting a telethon next week Wednesday August 23, 3pm - 9pm at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. Feel free to join us and meet our participants! If you'd like to volunteer for the telethon, bring your roladex or business cards and cell phone fully charged! We'll have pizza. 

2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Hope to see you then! 

Much appreciation, 

Kimberly Bautista

Executive Director, Justice for My Sister Collective

Gabby shares her edits with her team!
Gabby shares her edits with her team!

Friday August 11th was a magical evening to remember! Thank you to the 100 supporters who showed up to remind our students that their voices matter and their stories are needed! 

We had a full house, and our Nuevas Novelas students really stepped into their own power to share their experience of growth over the summer. Six of our facilitators and mentors were in attendance and also took part in the program. 

We announced two new courses we hope to offer this summer: music video production and webseries development. We continue to fundraise for our next milestones and welcome our new donors to our community! There's been an outpouring of support in the wake of our summer premiere! Please follow us on social media to help us spread the word of our films once we release them!

And of course, our donations and information page:

Thank you for your support, you make our work possible! 

Here's what our youth says: 

We just need to make sure that we continue having these programs and that these resources are available for the next generation, especially with the way that things are going right now.
With this program, we’re able to teach young People of Color how to hone in on skills so that they can go on into the industry if they wish.
What I want to do more than anything, is to be able to tell the stories that aren't being told.
It’s really hard to get involved in the arts, especially when schools don’t do it for you. Using the arts as a weapon to fight back all the oppression is a really strong thing.
Here at Justice for My Sister, we’re not just learning about film; we’re taking all the information and applying it to our lives.
This is part of our story, this is part of our identity, and I hope that they can realize that they are supporting a part of our project, that they’re helping us out.
This program is really important to my foundational growth and wanting to explore a career in film. Now after going through this 2 month program, I think I do want to pursue it.
Nuevas Novelas youth at 2017 summer film premiere!
Nuevas Novelas youth at 2017 summer film premiere!

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Community Partners for Justice for My Sister

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Kimberly Bautista
Los Angeles, CA United States
$10,703 raised of $14,000 goal
187 donations
$3,297 to go
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