REFLECTIONS Workshop Series A Success
RELFECTIONS: Portraits of Who I Am summer workshop series concluded a highly successful run at the St. Cloud Boys & Girls Club with a Community Showcase presented on Saturday, August 12. Presented in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp Program, the August 12 Showcase aptly demonstrated the creative development of the students, a total of 32 served over the seven weeks of workshops. On display were 113 of the best and most interesting works, mostly in tempera paint. They were displayed in order from the first sessions to the final, most progressive sessions. (See Our Gallery Pics.)
While the Exploring The ME workshops of Summer 2022 ran for only four sessions within two-weeks and served over 40-students, the 2023 REFLECTIONS Workshops ran for 7-weeks and maintained a much smaller class size of 16-students per session. Over the course of the series, 32 students participated. The St. Cloud B&G Club is looking forward to hosting the workshops again for Summer 2024.
65 Best of the Best Works created by the students during the final REFLECTIONS sessions are now on display at the St. Cloud Veteran’s Memorial Public Library through November 30th. (See Our Gallery page for Pics.) The Library is located at 810 13th Street, St. Cloud. For hours: 407-742-8888.
REFLECTIONS: Portraits of Who I Am, a workshop series presented in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of St. Cloud, Florida (B&GCCF), made its debut on June 13th at the newly-opened branch of the Club.
REFLECTIONS, is created from aspects of the larger Exploring The ME workshops given last year to the summer campers of the City of Kissimmee. It is designed specifically to fit the needs of the St. Cloud Boys & Girls Club. Also like last year, these workshops are being entirely funded by WYEP through a generous private donation.
Creating drawings and paintings, sixteen campers between the ages of 10 and 15 learn things about themselves such as, everyone has multiple aspects of themselves, and how they can channel this knowledge into positive results. (See Photos on Our Youth Workshops page.)
Assisting WYEP president and coordinator Philip Jackson with the workshops are two student interns, Nomaris Hernandez and Kaitlynn Torres, both from St. Cloud High School.
This successful collaboration between WYEP and the B&GCCF demonstrates how effective such collaborations can be when organizations of similar goals work together to accomplishing things that benefit youths in their character and educational development.
A Community Showcase of the youths’ works will be held at the St. Cloud Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, August 12th.
Exploring The ME Youth Workshops Finished for Summer `22
We finally made our debut as a new community-based non-profit serving Kissimmee when we held our first project of special workshops entitled, Exploring The ME Youth Workshops, this June for 40 Kissimmee Parks & Recreation summer camp youths. With a venue change from original plans for the workshops, the sessions were eventually held at the Marydia Community Center. The target age group was also re-focused for participation by the younger grades of K-through-5.
Although some of the campers’ creations were that which is typically expected of such a young group, many showed surprising maturity in abstract designs, which can be an especially cathartic, therapeutic release for its creators. This was a key aspect of the project’s aim to foster an “exploring of the inner self.” If the campers were being graded on their works (of course they weren’t), we can say many of them could be given an “A” for the creativity they displayed in the workshops. (See Our Gallery page)
Exploring The ME was made possible by a generous donation from a private benefactor to The WYE Project. (See May post below) This enabled WYEP to bring this project to the summer campers of Kissimmee Parks & Recreation. No Parks & Rec funds were used for these workshops.
Major Donation Received
The WYE Project is excited to announce we have received a generous private donation of $1,000.00. This money is earmarked to be used as seed money toward launching our first Youth Workshops for Summer 2022.
Student Interns Needed for Youth Workshops Hours: TBD
Pay: Stipend provided, depending upon the project.
Under the guidance of the Coordinator, facilitate workshops for youths, ages 12-16, following themed course guidelines.
Provide mentoring as well as instruction to the students.
Keep proper documentation of workshop progression.
Assist in reading and math skills when needed.
Set-up and breakdown of workshop space.
Education Major, with good background in STEM and STEAM subjects.
Have a particular interest in helping Title-1 students achieve academic goals.
Strong creative talents and skills a plus.
Bi-lingual a plus
Send Resume w/Cover Letter to: PhilipJackson@TheWYEProjectInc.org
Volunteers Also Needed for Projects
While the above Student Intern requirements are very specific, requirements for those wishing to Volunteer with us are less stringent. First and foremost, you must have a clean record, and a background check will still be required
Email Inquiries to: PhilipJackson@TheWYEProjectInc.org