The Juniors are still working on their college essays, and youth Advocates Sophia and Elizabeth have been really helpful by giving the Juniors great feedback on their drafts. The Juniors do seem to be nervous about what they are writing. Most of them are feeling like they are not confident with what they are writing about, but it is all part of the process! “I believe in the Juniors and they will be able to overcome this. I been in this same situation but having someone check over my drafts and helping me to correct my mistakes makes things better for me”, shares Ashley Caba, one of their mentors. The Juniors are getting the help they need and they are on top of their game. They will soon enough have a well written essay that will shine through and best define their unique story.
The Senior scholars spent the morning with their Youth Advocates on a field trip to the Museum of Arts and Design to see Derrick Adams’s exhibition: Sanctuary. They spent the afternoon with their Capstone faculty Joseph, and special guest Shani Peters. Under Shani’s guidance, the scholars conceptualized and designed symbols in stencil form to represent their research done in Chinatown. They then used those symbols to screen print patterns on fabrics that will later be turned into banners for their final performance in Chinatown. Demonstrating great leadership, the Senior scholars are taking ownership of this performance project and conceptualizing what a “demonstration” could look like in community with the Chinatown residents and stakeholders, to join in solidarity and combat gentrification.