COLOR Club + Design Team Supervisor

Engaging the highest risk youth through painting as a community and development of strong, transferable work habits.

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I work for a non-profit organization that takes part in the transformation of students' lives.  We target the at-highest risk students and engage them through painting at their schools.  We then immerse them in a culture of achievement in our offices 3 times a week that involve of Prep, that scaffolds educational plans that preps students for Regents, ACTs or SATs; we offer weekly workshops with several milestones that cover topics such as Health + Wellness, Life skills, Financial Literacy, Business Entrepreneurship and Design and Design Careers and on Saturdays students are assigned to community or school sites where they collaborate along side site staff + volunteers for painting projects, where students earn stipends that strengthen strong and transferable work habits.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe what you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research. (Ex: Good advisors make a difference.)

Empathy exercises allowed me to think divergently and to explore a variety of solutions to a problem.


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What wonderful work, Natasha!  I'll join the others with offering a connection - Year Up, a program with some similar characteristics who help young adults who initially missed the college transition and are coming back to it - till reading your post, it didn't occur to me that these are wonderful "extreme users" for this problem!  The wonderful Donald Ger is helping develop their programs, that partner with community colleges to help these students succeed - offering skill development and high standards around professionalism and technical abilities.  I don't believe they've explored the art lens, and I imagine you'd share a wonderful conversation!

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