By Yurii Camacho
The Feb. 7 “Nurturing a Creative Mind” Workshop in Holtville included more than 100 migrant students in grades 6-8 from 13 school districts, along with their parents. Imperial County Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC) members Yurii Camacho, Jason Freeman and Maryann Vasquez Moreno coordinated this event with the Imperial County Office of Education Migrant Program. We asked Camacho, the event chair, to tell us about it.
Workshop presented by EMAC’s community outreach project
The student and parent workshop, “Nurturing a Creative Mind,” focused on helping students and parents discover their creativity and how to express that creativity in various forms under the guidance of Simon Silva. Simon is a world-renowned painter, author and creative problem solver (as he likes to call himself). He taught our students and parents various techniques and forms to convey ideas, thoughts and emotions through the use of traditional and modern art venues.
This is part of a series of events that we plan to offer under our Member and Community Outreach Project. The key word is “outreach.”
EMAC’s ultimate goal is to extend our outreach beyond our members. We want to build stronger relationships with our colleagues, our students and their communities. We want to reach out to other organizations to develop a partnership so we can create a sound foundation from which to garner support for public education. Through the development of these relationships and partnerships within our community, we will serve as a resource where education challenges can be met.
Want to do something like this in your school? Dream big!
My first piece of advice is: Dare to dream big! Allow yourself to imagine what the “perfect” outcome would be if you had all the necessary resources available to you to put on the “perfect” event that would benefit all educational stakeholders. Once you can imagine it, then you can work toward creating it. And then…
My second piece of advice is: If you can believe it, then you can achieve it. Please note that I recognize that last piece of advice is much easier said than done, but that’s where you have to be creative with the resources available to achieve what you ultimately desire, and if need be, create new resources for the ones that are not available. If we begin this process by only limiting ourselves to what is currently available to us, then by default we will limit ourselves as to what services we can provide for our students, our members and our communities.
Want to know more? Email Camacho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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