Dear Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
*Over the course of my FMLA leave that began back in February of 2021, I have been researching, volunteering, highlighting, and networking to propose a root cause analysis of our culture here in our district. One that would be cultivated from genuine acts of kindness.
Via my website, articles, conversations and testimonials, I have built this dream of capturing this challenge in a documentary with the help of local artists and activists who have helped me to visualize a different ending. #HappyCamper#MissClipper#ShepherdsPath#AWarriorsCry#ExperienceBoston#Herstory
Operation Outdoors Recreation
4-H Job Opportunity
Use Your Words
joined Foxborough Cultural Council -attended two meetings
participated in Passport Project
Mr. T -teacher
Who are the people in my neighborhood?
Photo web(like in crime)names
What they said…What we need is another affordable preschool option.
Student Ambassadors will advocate for teen center. Present proposal and write grants.
$Teen-Adult Art Classes
Puzzles and Playlists:$snacks
$Writers-Tutor $I read to you-You read to me
$Dungeons and Dragons
$Mommas and Papas
Their Mission: ission & History – The Peace Studio
The Peace Studio equips artists and journalists with opportunities and strengths-based tools to restore hope, challenge injustice, and bridge divides. Peace isn’t just the absence of violence or war. It’s a way of being in the world. It’s the enactment of compassion, kindness, and love. It includes all the small concrete steps we can take individually and collectively to pursue justice, protect human rights, and help others facing hardship, oppression, or other adversity. If “peace” is a noun, “peacebuilding” is the verb that means everything people, communities and nations can do to ensure and preserve peace. Some of the peacebuilding our organization focuses on includes:
By investing in a generation of creatives, we will shift public dialogue from fear and conflict to hope and possibility and inspire our youth to
What I Learned…
In November of 2019, The Peace Studio officially merged with Images and Voices of Hope, a nonprofit founded in 1999 when nearly two hundred media professionals gathered to discuss the media’s impact on society. Realizing that existing media content often had negative effects on the public, ivoh was founded to promote and produce storytelling that builds empathy and compassion, connecting us across differences and to “restore the world with story.” In coming together, The Peace Studio and ivoh recognized that both organizations were deeply aligned in their missions, in understanding the urgent need for narratives to be put out into the world that focused on what’s possible instead of solely on what’s broken, and in their desire for developing and amplifying the voices of young artists and journalists in order to build a more just and peaceful culture.
What I heard…" I have always wanted to teach other kids how to use the camera. When photographing my friends I got sick of them always being critical of their appearances. I want them to feel confident."
What I know…Being too critical can make you unattractive.
What I imagine... a curriculum designed to target the impact of media messages while using media to tell their stories we can focus on celebrating the beauty we see in each other that we may not see ourselves.
ENCORE: Youth Ambassador Program
We are proud to announce the creation of our Youth Ambassador program – an opportunity for high school-aged creatives to serve as leaders in raising awareness and support for peacebuilding efforts around Foxborough. Ambassadors combine their passion for culture, journalism, arts, food, and media to bring new, youthful energy to a global peacebuilding movement.
Youth Ambassadors explore critical leadership skills, such as putting impactful projects together, raising awareness for a cause, and creatively fundraising. Plus, they learn more about how a nonprofit organization functions and gain opportunities to connect with other youth leaders through mentorship opportunities.
We are thrilled to be kicking off our pilot program in Fall 2021 with Ava Spitz of class of 2022. Ava will pilot the program’s theme ENCORE. We look forward to welcoming our first full class of Youth Ambassadors in November 2021. More information about applying to become a Youth Ambassador will be shared in the months ahead.
As an ambassador, she will work with the organization to engage youth in conversations through reflective journaling, art work and actively voicing what needs to change . This platform will be for young people to come together from around Foxborough getting to know each other, sharing culture and creating ideas about how to make their community a better place.
STEM-design containers for transporting deep rooted plants for Blue Stem Natives
Architecture and Design- renovate/repurpose Camp buildings and landscape.
Preservation Pathways-educate naturalists on local plants: create journal to document and maps to locate on trails.
Toxic Texting -collage or montage
Tops and Bottoms- based on children’s book about trickery: build, plant, and harvest plants.
Coat of Paint- lean how to economically maintain your nails
Hair Love- product proud
Emily - Delaney-Caitlin
This extraordinary body of highly accomplished leaders – directors, educators, artists, authors, media-makers, alumni, boosters and more – has been formed to ensure that our programming is always of the highest caliber and is as inclusive and impactful as possible.
Most importantly, our Creatives’ Council will be in charge of providing after school enrichment opportunities and collaborations aimed at targeting healthy habits that will empower young girls.
The members of our Creatives’ Council hail from all around Foxborough, as far east as Summerfield and as far west as Normandy Farms. Individually, they have facilitated extraordinary opportunities for youth, coached teams, written compelling stories illuminating our town’s history and cared for the pre-k learners, and volunteered, to teach, to capture photographs, and more.
Nominations for representatives to participate will be based on creating a diverse range of families, local artists, and underrepresented members of our community.
While visiting my seventh grade English teacher, who also happens to be my aunt, she shared a collaboration that educators had documented and were willing to share. This complex project was inspiring and yet the authors were willing to share their work. Collaboration can be a threat in a competitive environment. If teachers feel confident and connected we are our best resources.