County youth creative resources expo held
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.
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.