Ex­plor­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion with teens


Em­pow­er­ing tween/teen cre­ative and thought­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a free work­shop at the Up­per Moutere School on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2 from 3 – 5pm, is of­fered by Clau­dia Gold, a so­cial worker who has fa­cil­i­tated hun­dreds of groups and 30 univer­sity classes in­cor­po­rat­ing ex­pres­sive arts.

She is vis­it­ing Up­per Moutere from San Pe­dro, Cal­i­for­nia to com­plete writ­ing and edit­ing a fan­tasy book for older chil­dren with Up­per Moutere res­i­dent Peter Bul­lock.

The work­shop has the goal of cre­at­ing a time for re­flec­tion, where youth can use the pow­ers of cre­ativ­ity to see with their own eyes, hear with their own ears, and ex­press their own truths at a time in their lives where they will be in­creas­ingly con­sum­ing so­cial me­dia.

The work­shop will in­clude dis­cus­sion and art ac­tiv­i­ties par­tic­i­pants can se­lect from, in­clud­ing pas­tel draw­ing, multimedia art, po­etry, and jour­nal writ­ing. It will specif­i­cally fo­cus on how teens and tweens com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers.

The work­shop was in­spired by Baha’i writ­ings, and the Ju­nior Youth Spir­i­tual Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme in Los An­ge­les where youth do ser­vice projects de­sired by lo­cal fam­i­lies to cre­ate more safe and united neigh­bour­hoods, and in Nel­son where Colom­bian teens are learn­ing English.

Gold will also share tools from study with ex­pres­sive arts pi­o­neers Natalie Rogers and Lucia Ca­pac­chione, Five Rhythms founder Gabrielle Roth, po­etry teacher Jack Grapes and Virtues Project In­ter­na­tional.

Youth ages 11 – 16 are wel­come to the Em­pow­er­ing Tween/ Teen Cre­ative and Thought­ful Com­mu­ni­ca­tion work­shop, as are adults who will meet sep­a­rately, cre­ate their own art piece, and join the teens and tweens to­ward the close of the work­shop.

Con­tact Gold on 03 543 2472, or email at Penof­gold@gmail.com if you are in­ter­ested. RSVP is pre­ferred, but peo­ple are wel­come to show up on that day.

Vis­it­ing US so­cial worker Clau­dia Gold will be hold­ing a work­shop at Up­per Moutere School.

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