County youth cre­ative re­sources expo held

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The Calvert Col­lab­o­ra­tive for Chil­dren and Youth’s (3CY) first Cre­ative Re­sources Expo drew youth from around the county to share their tal­ents and tell kids about the cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties in their com­mu­nity.

At East-John Youth Cen­ter in Lusby last Satur­day, Guf­frie Smith, 3CY pres­i­dent, taught those present about the 40 de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets and asked ev­ery­one to share what as­sets they see in them­selves. Many re­sponded with as­sets such as ser­vice to oth­ers, car­ing, good de­ci­sion mak­ing, and read­ing for plea­sure. He also spoke on the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 4-H club had on his youth.

The cre­ative-driven learn­ing af­ter­noon in­ter­twined with Calvert’s youth en­ter­tain­ing ev­ery­one with their cre­ative tal­ents and projects. Calvert Mid­dle School eighth grader, Micah Tay­lor, talked about hands on ex­pe­ri­ences, learn­ing and travel com­pe­ti­tions of the Na­tional Society of Black En­gi­neers Jr. CASH of Calvert County Chap­ter. He demon­strated a re­mote con­trol car he en­gi­neered us­ing parts from an elec­tric drill. NSBE mem­ber and retired en­gi­neer, Ron­ald Clark told of the unique by pro­fes­sional en­gi­neers men­tor­ing op­por­tu­nity, say­ing that “all stu­dents can par­tic­i­pate, not just black.”

A Boy Scout Life Scout, Ken­dall Shaver, a Northern High School ninth grader, shared in­for­ma­tion about scout­ing, earn­ing badges, and pur­su­ing his Ea­gle Scout recog­ni­tion with a com­mu­nity ser­vice project to as­sist Project Echo.

Ken­dall, also a mem­ber of Northern’s Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica, said, “If you ever see a home­less per­son you should help them be­cause you don’t know what they have gone through.”

St. John’s United Methodist Church’s dance group en­thu­si­asti- cally per­formed a dance rou­tine to a song with a cho­rus that said, “We all need a good ed­u­ca­tion.” Many in the group also at­tend East John Youth Cen­ter’s af­ter school home­work help ses­sions.

Trained by The Gar­rett Music Academy, Jor­dana Nye, Northern High School se­nior, talked about the Academy’s music op­por­tu­ni­ties and played her vi­o­lin along with a per­cus­sion loop­ing in­stru­ment, which lay­ered notes and beats she cre­ated. Jor­dana said she learned to play 10 in­stru­ments.

Dur­ing a learn­ing ses­sion on cre­ative writ­ing on the im­pacts of drug use and mak­ing good choices, 3CY sec­re­tary Carol Har­vat read two orig­i­nal poems about fic­tional stu­dents and the im­pacts of know­ing some­one in their lives who abuses drugs.

After­ward, stu­dents wrote their own poems and many shared what they wrote about sub­stance abuse and ad­dic­tion. Northern High School se­nior Mickey Cash­man shared how ad­dic­tion can lead to low self-es­teem and a down­ward spi­ral, and find­ing the strength to re­gain your­self to a bet­ter life. Micah Tay­lor put his words to music and amazed all at the event as he sang his thoughts of how mak­ing the wrong choices can poorly af­fect your life.

Sherry Mervine and Mickey Cash­man spoke about the many cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties at New Di­rec­tion Com­mu­nity The­ater, which presents shows at Long Beach Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in St Leonard. Young ac­tors from the troupe per­formed a skit about the ori­gin of “Rock, Paper, Scis­sors.” Their next play, “A Tuna Christ­mas” will be pre­sented the first two Fri­days and Satur­days of De­cem­ber.

The Rev. Jenn Wilder of Our Com­mon Calvert, a group which meets at the Har­riet El­iz­a­beth Brown Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick, shared thoughts about be­ing in­clu­sive and re­spect­ing all peo­ple re­gard­less of where they come from or who they iden­tify as. She in­vited ev­ery­one, both youth and adults, to come to the com­mu­nity cen­ter the se­cond Satur­day of each month for ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­cus­sions.

Lusby’s St. John’s United Methodist Church Dance Group dances to the song, “Gen­er­a­tion to Gen­er­a­tion,” with the cho­rus, “We all need a good ed­u­ca­tion.” The team in­cludes East-John Youth Cen­ter youth Des’hai, Dorsey, Ju­nia Dorsey, Jer­miah Dorsey, Joseph Dorsey, Brey­one’ Hutchins, Traliah Bright and Travares Bright.

Stu­dents lis­tened to par­tic­i­pants at 3CY’s Cre­ative Re­sources Expo, which drew youth from around the county to share their tal­ents at East-John Youth Cen­ter to learn about ed­u­ca­tional as­set build­ing, mak­ing good choices and stay­ing away from drugs.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

At the Calvert Col­lab­o­ra­tive for Chil­dren and Youth’s Cre­ative Re­sources Expo, Boy Scout Life Scout Ken­dall Shaver, a Northern High School ninth grader, shares in­for­ma­tion about scout­ing and pur­su­ing his Ea­gle Scout com­mu­nity ser­vice project to as­sist the home­less at Project Echo.

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