Last night marked the kickoff of our fall round of HandsOn Leadership projects–and we are so excited for the work these teams are about to accomplish. What will they be up to in the next few months? Well, last night they created mission statements for their projects–here’s what they came up with:
Helping Link assists Vietnamese immigrants in their effort to settle in their new country, strengthen the Vietnamese community and promote cultural harmony in Seattle. They use volunteers to provide ESL, parenting, job readiness, and computer literacy training; tutoring; youth leadership opportunities; citizenship assistance; and community building events. Helping Link also sponsors the Tet in Seattle Festival every year–at which the work of our HandsOn Leadership team will be displayed this year.
Project Mission: Create a visual exhibit to increase community awareness of services Helping Link provides and opportunities for the community to get involved in. The visual exhibit will be diverse, to serve various events and purposes.
Youth In Focus
Youth In Focus empowers urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. Youth In Focus puts cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and places them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers and nurturing adult volunteer mentors. They’ve graduated over 2,800 youth from their free program–and exhibits student photography all over the Seattle area. The HandsOn Leadership team will help Youth In Focus reach out to new venues and work to schedule several student shows this winter and spring.
Project Mission: Establish sustainable relationships in the community in order to increase awareness and exposure by securing space, nurturing current relationships, and building new ones to showcase students’ work.
Want to learn more about HandsOn Leadership? Check out our website! HandsOn Leadership runs twice a year–and our next round kicks off in March 2014!