As part of my AmeriCorps residency I partner with the Y of Central Maryland to offer dance and art workshops to High School Students enrolled in BOOST programing at Patterson High School and Dr. Rayner Browne Academy in East Baltimore.
This partnership was made possible through organizing with, my CAC advisor Frankie Gamber, Kate Scherr of The Family League of Baltimore City and Eric Ford with the Y of Central Maryland and Community Schools. As mentioned here in a City Paper article by Andrea Appleton, in November:
"Ford has brought a variety of programs to Patterson, including a truancy court program that brings in volunteer judges to work with students who are often absent, and a “mini med school,” in which graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine give guest lectures. On a recent school day, Ford was looking for hospital bed donations for the Certified Nursing Assistant program, which was short a few, and talking with a volunteer from the Maryland Institute College [MACA student Alexis Iammarino] of Art about a possible dance class incorporating the visual arts."
Additional and support with planning and facilitation comes from Adriane Lee-Duff, Site director/Y program director at Patterson High School and Mel Strurgis, Y mentor and facilitator.
In January 2011, I began to facilitate large-scale human loom activities.
Please view my full gallery of photos, from this activity, on our MACA's group web presence. Also you may read more about the AmeriCorps residency with MACA.