Youth Service in Healthcare

DSCN0196The Art HOPE Youth Service in Healthcare Program is an on-going project with the University of Maine Extension 4-H. Youth ages 4 to 18 volunteer at community events and in schools to make Happy Art cards and origami Cranes of Hope for people living with cancer and other long-term illness. The program introduces youth to healthcare and raises their empathy awareness through the lens of creativity. It is driven by energetic adult-youth partnerships involving artists, teachers, healthcare workers, and cancer patients creatively connecting with youth through art-making, art-taking and art-giving.

Art HOPE Taking Flight Making Origami is an intergenerational learning project that teaches youth volunteers how to fold Cranes of Hope and nurtures a learning continuum with the opportunity to teach origami to others in their community. Origami workshops and educational outreach take place in schools and at the York Public Library. The theme speaks to how a flat one-dimensional paper can be folded and become a 3-dimensional sculpture that moves and soars beyond illness to wellness. The Art HOPE Taking Flight Making Origami curriculum is available to youth counselors and wellness groups. Program activities take place throughout the school year and build to our annual fall program 1000 Healing Cranes at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Youth and teen artist volunteers can participate and earn certificates for service work. Internships are available for work-study programs for high school and college students.

For more information contact Laura Jaquays, Executive Director. Interns should include a resume and/or a letter that describes interests and experience.