“We train artists and community personnel to effectively serve children and their families in tough places. We envision a world where all children are resilient, experience self-efficacy, and have a vision for their future.
We engage the arts for restorative purposes. What makes art restorative? Restorative art will always point people in a direction that:
This will be our first semester serving with Build a Bridge. We talked about art programs but there are other opportunities for music and dance which we can explore for the future.
Service: Working with an Art program for children in Shelters for families experiencing homelessness. There may be other opportunities for self-expression, music or dance available if students are interested we can explore those options.
Orientation: Two day training usually one Saturday(or Friday eventing) and Sunday from 9am-4pm
The focus of the training: Creating a safe environment for the children in the shelter. How to encourage resiliency in youth and how art can be restorative to children and adults who are hurting. How to encourage creativity and healthy relationships with clients and what work you will be doing in the classrooms.
School Program at Stetson School in North Philadelphia:
Stenton Family Manor: http://philadelphianeighborhoods.com/2011/06/25/mount-airy-shelter-works-to-find-homes-for-families/ faith based emergency shelter for families who have no options.
Woodstock family shelter 1981 North Woodstock St, Philadelphia Pa Woodstock Family Center provides emergency shelter for homeless females with children. The facility provides an array of supportive services including case management, a Bright Spaces child care program, and counseling through RHD's Family Shelter Support Team (FaSST).
This is the first time working with Build a Bridge, so we do not have record of student experiences.