Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Long Term Project "All About Me" - Starts June 10 for six sessions (twice a month)

"All About Me" is a 6-session project geared toward pre-teen/teenage girls (junior high school/high school). The project combines, journalism, collages, photographs and drawing all into one.

Teen Girls at LA Family Housing's Sydney M Irmas Transitional Living Center, will be participating in the project. The girls living at the center will work with volunteers to create a book about themselves and illustrate it through various forms of media.

The purpose of the project is to help girls define who they are today and who they want to be in the future. The book will encourage them to reflect on how they came to be the person they are today and inspire them to become the person they want to be. The goal is to get the participants thinking about how they define themselves simplistically (i.e. favorite color) and holistically (i.e. fondest memory, what do you want to be when you grow up) and be able to illustrate that through various media.

The project schedule will look something like this:
June 10 – Introduction, orientation, and documentation of thoughts (Questions for the “All About Me” book will be provided at 1st meeting)
June 24 – Create collages (magazines and construction paper will be provided)
July 8 – Introduction to photography (disposable cameras will be provided – one camera for 2 people)
July 22 – Drawing (girls turn in cameras for photo processing)
Aug 5 - Put it all together (printed photos returned to girls)
Aug 19 - Sharing and Reflection

To provide a mentoring relationship to the girls as they work through this project, we are urging volunteers to sign up for all six sessions. Please sign up for each occurrence separately by going to each date on the website. They project takes place on Saturday afternoons from 2-3:30 every two weeks.

The LA Family Housing, Sydney M. Irma Transitional Living Center strives to provide a safe, caring, and service-rich environment that helps homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. The agency has 20 facilities serving over 7,300 people annually in eight different regions of Los Angeles.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Click here to sign up today. Please try to sign up for all six sessions!

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