I am a principal of an arts integration PK-8th grade school in New Orleans. I have always been passionate about youth development and connection to the community. Our middle school girls typically experience social and academic stressors as early as 5th grade. I have prepared a "girls empowerment" retreat to encourage positive self-esteem, support individuality, and build productive habits amongst our girls. During this retreat, we will facilitate arts-integrated lessons on the following topics: Hygiene and Self-Care, Social Etiquette (including phone usage and sex, crime, and law facts), Building Positive Academic Habits and Navigating Performing Arts (including public speaking tips).
Our goal is to end the retreat with a Banquet/Dining Experience that will positively impact the experiences of our creative learners. Through these sessions and experiences, we hope to foster a mentor-mentee relationship between staff members, facilitators, and our learners.
We want to provide hygienic products and gift bags for all student participants.
With your help, we will be able to provide a warm, welcoming environment, food and beverage services, and gift bags for all 5th-8th grade participants.
Executing this retreat will significantly improve the trajectory and pathways of at-risk youth in the city.