We recently partnered with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) to provide a series of workshops for youth ages 12-17 at one of our Oahu Emergency Shelters for boys.
Led by Dr. Lori Phillips, director of the PREL Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE), six youth used art, photography and writing to enhance self-expression skills and tell stories. The theme of these sessions was “Home.”
PREL is an independent nonprofit organization that serves the educational community with quality programs, services, and products developed to promote educational excellence. It works throughout school systems, from classroom to administration, and collaborates routinely with governments, communities, and businesses. PREL specializes in multicultural and multilingual environments. Visit prel.org for more.
Below are several of the pieces created by youth in the workshops:
Time in the shelter is a slow waiting game.
I’m 18 and patiently waiting for a purpose, a job, a home, family, health, happiness, wealth and a productive life.
The relationship with his dad will be about forgiveness.
Two parts both needing to forgive each other.
We shouldn’t leave this world without resolution…
Can I get an amen somebody…
This vulnerable pupil dilates to focus on forgiveness.
The mysterious concealed chicken under the stray house. Lays patiently waiting. He is wondering about freedom. Will he ever get out of here? He’s told nothing, he knows nothing. The cautious chicken yells “I’m not a puppet!”
Tomorrow is a new day. He’s told everything. He feels relief, freedom, and unconcealed. He’s uncaged, he’s released, he’s home.
I’m a navy blue Race Car
Go through things,
Deal with tough love
Blow through things,
Half way there
Strive for things,
Plans to make it home
Fly like the wind,
I will cross the finish line!
I went to sleep.
I went to dream.
I dream of dreams.
Dreams of meaning.
I do not remember the what of those dreams……but I remember a picture of the feeling.
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