With funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority, we have been providing four Los Angeles-based groups in education and mental health with our newest program, Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art. Here’s a brief overview of each:
Trainers and supervisors from LA’s BEST, which provides safe and supervised after school education, enrichment, and recreation for 25,000 children from ages 5 to 12 in 200 elementary schools from to San Pedro to Pacoima, and Venice to East LA.
K–6 parents and staff from three Larchmont Charter School campuses—Fairfax, Hollygrove, and Selma.
Ellen Ochoa Learning Center:
Parents and staff of the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, a Pre-K–8 LAUSD school which serves 1,425 students in Cudahy, CA. 99% of their students are Hispanic—40% of whom are of limited English proficiency.
LA County Department of Mental Health Service Area 3:
LA County Department of Mental Health staff, clients, and parents in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Each of the four trainings provides attendees with culturally sensitive tools for connecting with and improving the emotional well-being of children and teens. They learn specific tools for facilitating stress management, expression of feelings, and problem solving, and post-training, will be able to train others on how to use these tools. The activities presented in the training also serve a dual self-care function for student participants and staff.
Interested in having Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art delivered to your school or organization? Contact Olivia Buntaine at Olivia@uclartsandhealing.org or call us at (310) 452-1432.
about raising connected, happy, successful kids through art:
This workshop is based on the book, The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, by Erica Curtis, art therapist, and Ping Ho, Founder & Director of UCLArts & Healing. This book presents simple and practical arts activities, inspired by the field of art therapy, to help children of all ages understand their emotions, communicate when words aren’t working, strengthen relationships, and develop problem-solving skills.
This program is for anyone with a child in their life, personally or professionally. Click here to watch a brief, animated video about The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, which offers examples of the kinds of tools that will be shared in the program.
Free next Saturday? Join us for our inaugural (and free!) Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art hand-on workshop for the community. Click here for more information, and to register.