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Art Supplies = HOPE

Goal: 2000

Total Project Value: $2,000

Project End Date: 1/31/2018   (218 days remaining)

Status: Amount Given: $0 | Goal Amount: $2,000

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Gary, Jacksonville

Project Description

Hope at Hand blends poetry, art, yoga and therapeutic strategies into 90 minutes sessions that provide healing and comfort for youth in high stress situations. In group settings, participants read poetry, engage in discussions and then connect the poem to their personal situations. They write original poems to deepen their understanding of their struggles and illuminate possible solutions to improve their lives.

Hope at Hand needs funding for art supplies, paper and writing materials. Art supplies will be used with our programming at the following locations: Gateway Community Services, Pretrial Detention Facility, Department of Juvenile Justice, Childrenís Home Society, JASYMN, Betty Griffin House, PACE Center for Girls, Youth Crisis Center and John E. Fork PreK-8.

Hope at Hand facilitators use a variety of methods to introduce poems. Initial activities utilize simple poems and as trust is established, different forms of poetry are introduced that allow the participants to dig deeper into the text. All sessions strengthen the concepts of choice and change. The Hope at Hand staff has specialized training in Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Montessori Education, theater, counseling, yoga and poetry therapy and all of these elements are found in this unique programming. All sessions are coupled with other art forms providing an environment where youth can experience success and joy. We lack the funds necessary to complete the art component of our programming. Please support our mission!

www.HopeAtHand.org
www.Facebook.com/HAHinc
Hope at Hand is registered with United Way.

Speaking of time
I really want to turn back
To have cupcakes in school
To have ice cream cakes
Turns out
Living life is hard to do
But Iím not gonna settle
Something will come with time
-16 year old female in foster care with her young child - Childrenís Home Society, Buckner Division with Hope at Hand - Sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs February 2015
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If I could be free
Thatís all it would take.
Iíd roam this earth
To clear all of my mistakes
If I could be free,
Iíd flow like the wind,
Iíd set sail on the water,
Go to sleep, wake up and
Start over again.
If I could be free,
Iíd never leave home
But I do realize at this point,
The word free is unknown.
-incarcerated female juvenile with Hope at Hand,
Pretrial Detention Facility, Jacksonville, Florida
Sponsored by Firehouse Subs & the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation
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I understand I must change.
I say that everything will be okay.
I dream of a day where everything is perfect.
I try to be nicer to people close to me.
I hope to see myself happy with another one day.
I am unsatisfied with myself and forever struggling.

I am hungry and very forgiving.
I wonder if I can get a job.
I hear that it is very easy but itís difficult.
I see a lot of opportunities out there.
I want to learn how to change myself.
I am soft and surviving.
-high school male with Hope at Hand, Portside Mobile Home Park/MARC Sponsored by the Beaches Resource Center and United Way



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