This summer YOS’s counselors decided to give counseling and child welfare clients an opportunity to exhibit their talents and learn valuable life skills.
On August 27th, the 1st YOS Visual Art and Talent Show was a boisterous and joyful evening. YOS youth performed songs and spoken word, displayed their art and demonstrated their new glass blowing skills.
The success of the show was one of many accomplishments this summer for the youth who chose to participate. The youth met once a week for group therapy and planning sessions. At these meetings the youth and counselors would take time to talk about feelings the young people were having. “Many of the youth were nervous and worried about being judged,” said Stephanie Clark, Art Therapist at YOS.
The weekly meetings also focused on learning how to give and receive constructive feedback. Practicing for the show and talking about their projects gave the youth the chance to try out their new feedback skills in a safe setting. As the summer went on the youth became more open and willing to share feedback. This allowed the group to improve and for many led to an increase in self-confidence.
Spotlight On: Glass Blowing Therapy Group
Three young women from the talent show also participated in a second summer therapy group. This group focused on positive growth and development. It also gave these three visual artists the opportunity to learn an amazing new skill. This group would spent time each week at Ignite Glass Studio accompanied by YOS staff.
Learning the skill of glass blowing worked to support the group’s goal of positive growth. The accomplishment of improving in a new skill worked to build the young women’s confidence. With increased confidence came relationship building and a sense of the group. All these great things created a positive environment of collaboration were the youth learned from each other and the Ignite staff.