Youth of the Nation
The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs and Warehouse 508 have come together to teach kids that being an artist can be a viable way to live through a series of five workshops called Youth Engagement. Beginning this Saturday, April 15, kids from 11-20 can learn how to identify skills attained through hobbies that can be used for income. A lot of artistic hobbies are often regarded as “just for fun” when the skills learned can be used in many careers like therapy, marketing, graphic and interior design, just to name a few. The workshops cover hip-hop dance, financial literacy, poetry, t-shirt printing and social justice art. The dates following this Saturday's event are April 22, May 13 and May 20. These free workshops require a reservation—call Shaina Saint-Lôt at (505) 383-6215 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to put yourself or your child's name on the list, only 40 kids can join each workshop date—which lasts from 10am to 3pm. (Rini Grammer)
Saturday Apr 15, 2017
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Kids identify their skills while learning about themselves, how to approach different activities with an economic mindset and find hobbies that are inherently valuable.
OAAA has partnered with Warehouse 508 to create exciting FREE field trips for youth aged 11-20. We are offering five workshops: hip hop dance, financial literacy, poetry, t-shirt printing, & social justice art with free lunch. RSVP to attend!
We have four dates available at 40 youth per day. The dates are Saturday April 15, April 22, May 13, and May 20 from 10am-3pm.
We are offering five workshops: hip hop dance, financial literacy, poetry, t-shirt printing, and social justice art and a free Dion’s lunch.
In general, goals for the workshops are:
1. Help youth identify their self-worth and skills while learning about themselves and their peers
2. Learn to approach different activities, especially hobbies and passions, with an economic mindset (recognizing the different possibilities and career paths around that activity)
3. Discover that skills normally deemed “worthless” or “just for fun” are not only inherently valuable, but also have many ripple effects because of their transferability (e.g. art being used for therapy, marketing, graphics, interior design, etc., poetry being used to strengthen communication skills in writing, interviewing, public speaking, etc.)
4. HAVE FUN & LEARN
The purpose of the Youth Engagement Field Trips is to engage our youth in an interactive, unique manner so they are more receptive to learning. We’d like to teach about financial literacy and creative entrepreneurship to stimulate a business driven mindset. With issues of low self-esteem and low perceived self-worth, we’d also like to identify different skills our youth possess and highlight the inherent worth of each skill. It’s even more important to help our youth discover that many skills are transferrable. While something may be done “just for fun” or society may label it as a “worthless,” there are many ways to channel our hobbies, passions, and underused skills in an economically tangible manner.
RSVP is mandatory for attendance. Children must be from the ages of 11-20.