On March 16, 2012 we had the pleasure and privilege of presenting two workshops at the annual conference for the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. The Mentoring Matters Conference was a chance to connect with mentors and mentees in a powerful way.
The day began with an inspiring keynote presentation by former NFL players Keith Davis and Devin Wyman, who gave an inspiring presentation called Right Choices-Right Voices. They spoke of the need to dream a big dream for themselves, and gave them tools they can use to help them make those dreams happen. The children and adults left the presentation highly motivated.
At this point, we presented one of six workshops available for the children. Our workshop, Unlocking the Artist Within: What BETTER Looks Like, asked students to think deeply about a change they wished to create in the world. We then invited them to use a variety of materials to create a visual representation of What BETTER Looks Like to them.
The students, in middle school, created beautiful art to represent their creative vision for change in their lives, communities and world.
After lunch, we presented the workshop to a different group. We were impressed and inspired by the creativity and messages from the children.