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Yes I Can to operate T-shirt stands at rock shows

• Booths will be at 3 stops on Vans Warped Tour

Posted: June 17, 2008 12:46 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.

NLA principals Jason Levy (left) and Jason Curtis finalize the design for the new Yes I Can T-shirts to be sold at Vans Warped Tour stops in Pomona and Ventura this weekend, and Los Angeles Aug. 17.

 

The Hart District's Yes I Can program for students with and without special needs has been invited to set up a booth to sell merchandise on Southern California stops of the Vans Warped Tour.

The Yes I Can booth will be set up when the Vans-sponsored concert tour hits Pomona Friday, June 20, Ventura Sunday, June 22 and Los Angeles Sunday, Aug. 17.

Proceeds will help fund Yes I Can's next "Summer Meltdown Social Inclusion and Autism Awareness" concert in spring 2009.

"We will have T-shirts, stickers, flyers and information on the Yes I Can program, Summer Meltdown and autism awareness," said Bret Lieberman, Yes I Can program director at Golden Valley High, where the concert takes place in the school's outdoor amphitheater.

The connection occurred when Kevin Lyman, main creator/producer of the Warped tour, met Lieberman backstage at a concert, and Lieberman told him about the nonprofit Yes I Can program and its annual Summer Meltdown concert.

"Kevin said he loved that the YIC students were in charge of the entire event, and that they gained experience in concert production in the process," Lieberman said. "He said right away, ‘How can I help?' He offered for us to come along on the entire Warped Tour to sell merchandise to raise enough funds to secure a major headliner for next year's Meltdown, and we're able to make these three Southern California dates."

Lieberman and the YIC students decided a special T-shirt should be designed for the occasion, and contacted Jason Levy and Jason Curtis of Valencia-based NLA, the company that has designed, printed and donated all the Summer Meltdown concert T-shirts for the YIC students for the last four years.

"We of course jumped at the opportunity to help Yes I Can out with a new design for the Warped tour," said Levy. "We know the importance of the Yes I Can organization and all it stands for. Meeting all of the kids over the past few years we've been involved has truly made us not think about how they are, but how we are."

"For YIC and NLA to combine forces at the Vans Warped Tour is truly great for both of us," said Curtis. "We'll be set right in the middle of our core demographic, with a great opportunity to network and scout for some new bands to play at next year's Meltdown. Hopefully together we can get a great head start and help raise enough funds so the students can maybe land an even bigger headlining act than Trapt," the popular band that closed the 2008 Meltdown show.

"We look forward to doing more and more things with the YIC organization this year and in the future to help raise funds for many Meltdowns to come," Levy said.

The new T-shirt's logo includes the Yes I Can program's mission: "Unity through music and education."

For more information about Yes I Can, visit www.summermeltdown2008.com and www.sponsorthemeltdown.com, or e-mail Lieberman at blieber@hartdistrict.org.

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