Have you ever wished you could go back in time and change something? Was there a specific moment in your life where you had the opportunity to do something great but never acted on it? Do you dream about that one special moment that passed you by because you were too busy worrying about what could go wrong?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may see the merit in what we and the Avon Maitland District School Board are doing with a new series we call ‘Dear Younger Me’.
To launch the series, we recently paid a visit to some of our secondary schools and asked students one question:
If you had a piece of advice or an encouraging word for your younger self, knowing what you know now, what would it be?
Now, we’d like to hear from you … students, adults, senior citizens.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
When people ask me what we do at the Foundation it’s always a race to paint a picture of our work before a glazed look appears in their eyes.
I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’ve yet to master the ‘elevator speech’ or try to touch on all facets involved in our day-to-day to justify to the listener why we exist.
If you’re reading this you may already have an interest in what we do. Maybe some social media traffic led you here or you landed here by accident or you are trying to make sense of what I said in the elevator.
Whatever the route, please allow me 6 minutes to explain to you what we do and why we think it doubles in importance everyday in this currently splintered and boxed-in world.
When you provide hands-on experiences in life skills and the arts to thousands of students each year it’s difficult to gauge the effect you are having on any of them.
As a charitable organization that lies just outside of the education system, we’re not privy to what becomes of students as they grow up. We always appreciate hearing from a parent or teacher how one of our workshops lit a flame in a child or provided a path of hope and growth for another, but recognizing the fruit found in a young adult that stems from our work is near impossible.
Imagine our joy then when we found Kristen Nuhn, Masters student:
“Through experiencing a Foundation’s ART | LIFE workshop in Grade 5, I discovered that there was a place for me.”
Kristen is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Properties program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.