#CreateChange

The Ijatz Crew

We are campaigning to help the Ijatz Bboy Crew in Guatemala open a Youth Arts Centre and Dance Studio in their community. These young dancers are committed to creating positive change in their town and we want to help.

I met the Ijatz Crew 2 years ago while visiting San Pedro La Laguna. As I was walking along the street, I saw them break dancing and busking for the tourists.  When I approached the crew they were kind and welcoming. I came to know each member of the crew and during my stay I saw that they practice every day for 2 hours. I saw their passion and dedication for the urban hip hop art-forms and was inspired.They told me that hip hop and urban arts are a way for them to express themselves and stay away from bad influences, They practice their dancing on the cement and cobble-stone streets each day as the city population passes by. Some members of the crew are also MCs who rap in their indigenous language, an art-form that blew me away.

Over the past two years we have sponsored the crew’s initiatives to share their dancing with the community. In 2016, the crew hosted a very successful Hip Hop Festival and dance competition in their home of San Pedro La Laguna.

I strongly believe that the Ijatz Dance Crew are the future and have the potential to create positive change in their community and so they deserve a real space to create and develop their talents. Our goal is to raise 5000$CDN. The funds raised will cover the rent on a large dance studio in their neighbourhood for one year. The space will be accessible to the youth of San Pedro La Laguna for free to develop their creativity through the arts, under the supervision of local partners.

By shopping through our Generosity campaign, you can get the gear your desire and empower Indigenous youth!
Click here, to view the campaign.

We are also hosting events to raise money toward our goal. See our poster below.

Thank you for your support,

Akawui Riquelme (Brand owner and Founder)