Too often, children in our community are confronted with emotionally stressful situations that fill their hearts and minds, making learning difficult. It could be the death of a relative, divorce, violence at home or in the neighborhood or a parent with a drug problem.
Our Share and Care program uses art therapy to help vulnerable children discuss and deal with these and other frightening events. We have created curriculums on a variety of topics, from anger management, bullying, substance abuse and self esteem, to social skills, grief and loss, and more.
The groups we lead nurture trust and community, creating a safe space for children to share their worries and fears, and learn coping skills that help them succeed in school and in personal relationships
For example, Dahlia Heights Elementary School, which was nominated as a California Distinguished School for 2012, credits Share and Care with helping to close the achievement gap for its socioeconomic-disadvantaged students.
Please view the Winter 2010 issue of our newsletter, Embracing Our Community, to learn more about how the Share and Care program helps children who have experienced violence or tragedy.
To learn about Share and Care’s multicultural art therapy mural project, click on the story written by Gary Walker that appeared in The Argonaut’s February 15, 2012 edition.