The Youth Edition (YE) creates the atmosphere for high school students to engage socio-cultural issues through creative expression, and provides avenues for individual and community wellness. We ask the tough questions and hold space for deep conversations that allow for clarity, builds critical thinking, collaboration, and creative expression. Below is an overview; we would love to talk with you in detail and are able to tailor the program to meet your specific needs.
Objectives & Outcomes This isn't a cookie cutter approach. We meet youth where they are while gently encouraging them to move forward in ways that matter most. Our objectives and outcomes are clear cut, while we also give room for growth to happen in ways that may be unpredictable. YE has been designed for youth to excel. and those who actively participate arrive at the end of the program having gained experience:
Giving and receiving feedback to enhance active listening and constructive communication skills
Meaningful conversation around issues that affect them, their families, and communities to practice and connect critical thinking with day-to-day topics and concerns
Stepping outside of their comfort zone, while being supported, to realize the importance of taking smart risks and build self actualization
Access to adult mentors to assist in their academic and professional development*
Collaborating as writers, photographers, editorial team for youth edition of international online quarterly, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, to enhance their writing, reading, and team building skills
This four month program meets twice weekly
Discussions evolve around pressing socio-cultural issues (participants will access information and engage in critical thinking of media and pre-selected material)
Activities that challenge participants to get out of their comfort zones and participate in positive risk taking, as a means to build self-confidence, practice new skills and learn transference of skills across multiple disciplines
Program will be book-ended by opening and closing retreats
Weeks 1-7 Exploring (present and past) socio-cultural issues and their systemic/institutional origins and implications Critically questions, analyzing media/material Finding their own voice in articulating what is being learned, expected, felt
Weeks 8-16 In addition to the above... Writing, organizing, editing experiences and expressions into youth issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing. Layout/design, and publishing of the issue
Mentors will accompany youth along the journey of discovery and healing, and to reinforce the organizational values of community, healing, justice and cultural awareness.
We would love to partner with your organization to bring YE to your youth.. Email us here for more information. And read about YE's manager, Benji Anderson, on our staff page.
To see other youth workshops that give voice to the creative spirit, visit the bottom of our "workshops" page.