Virtual Art Journaling Group
The Art Journaling Group was a pilot project in August 2020 when youth were experiencing the effects of a COVID summer; they were bored, had nothing to do, could not go anywhere and be with their friends, and mental health concerns were becoming present in our youth. The inaugural Art Journaling Group was funded by the Telus Friendly Future Fund and was a 6-week curriculum-based program that was condensed into three weeks and offered in a virtual setting. At the end of this pilot project we had measurable decreases of distress in our youth participants and knew we had something worth developing further.
From that pilot project we researched art therapy* and groups theory and transformed the original curriculum into a 12-week, strength-based after school program. Each week is themed with a topic of conversation like, finding your spirit animal, consent, boundaries, what do healthy relationships look like, and many other important lifespace topics of conversation for our youth to explore. Each topic of conversation is paired with a corresponding art assignment for their journal. We also teach a new art technique each week to complement the art assignment.
ACCESS provides all the art supplies including the journal, paints, brushes, pastels, pencils, markers, glitter, rulers, a brand-new headset, and anything else needed so our young artists can be successful in their art journal expressions. Youth who participate in this program come to us for a variety of reasons. Some youth need the process and experience of journaling, some need the connection to our program facilitators, some youth come to simply fine tune their art skills, while others are bored and value having an engaging space to participate in. The Art Journaling Group is a LGBTQ2S+ safer and braver virtual space and we start each group by sharing our names and pronouns.
This program is completely FREE! If you are interested in registering for the Virtual Art Journaling Group, please contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org and request a registration package. Each Virtual Art Journaling Group is closed once the sessions have started, but you can waitlist for the next 12-weeks now.
*because we are not art therapist, we cannot classify this program as art therapy. We do very much value the principles and practices of art therapy and utilize the theory in this program.
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Building a Better Community
The Bus provides warm blankets, hot cocoa and food items for youth in need. The Bus also provides resources & education on sexual health, substance abuse, where to get help, and a safe place for youth to connect and share their story.
On designated nights, The Bus meets with youth to provide guidance on how to create resumes and conduct job searches, as well as referrals for potential job opportunities with businesses in the Tri-Cities area.
Come and find us at Coquitlam Centre! Each Thursday and Friday, two ACCESS outreach workers can be found hanging out and providing outreach services, program information, beverages and more. See you at the mall!