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AVID Youth Advisory Council at Camelback H.S.

AVID Youth Advisory Council at Camelback H.S. facilitated the United Nations/G.A.I.N, Celebration Oct. 24th

Through the AVID Youth Advisory Council at Camelback with students in attendance from Wilson NJHS 7th and 8th grades, the campus experienced the United Nations. G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) event, Oct. 24th for over 2,200 students.

Mt. View Police Action Team on site... And professional artists/educators who guided many of the interactive projects: Christy Sholola, Michael Butzine, Keith Johnson, Muslimah Hameed and Christy Puetz

The AVID Junior & Senior classes selected community social challenges to focus on bringing professional resources to campus. The Cultural Arts Coalition contracted artists to be @ the school. We are very grateful for the AVID teachers (Ms. Shaffer, Ms. Sayre, Mr. Mitzel) and administrators support of this programming orchestrated by judy butzine, MSW, Director Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Councils, paid for through funding from the Balsz School District. Special thank you to Mr. De Alba and Ryan Lussier for all their inside logistical planning and preparation for the big day!

Racism poster researched and handouts created by AVID students

Keith Johnson and Muslimah Hameed facilitated the Drumming and Dance Circle for 2 hours.

I welcome you with open arms....24 drums on site for all to enjoy and to dance... connecting one to another through the humanity of being; which we all share!

Rights for All!

AZ Humanities passing our books for children & students A beaded bracelet table with

intentions for peace...

Thank you Mr. Martin Whitfield for being on site Monday, My Brotherís Keeper from the mayorís office. Hope you made some great contacts.

Colby Jeffers was present to discuss his rap work in the community and Africa through a song:

I Can; You Can; We Can change the World...

Representatives Michelle and Richard from U.N. Youth for Human Rights were present to pass out educational kits to teachers (This is the third year they have been on site!) as were the police from Mt View Community Action Police Team discussing their rights if they are stopped.

Ageism and Sexual assault were only two of the many social challenge issues presented with valuable community resources.

Human Trafficking and other posters concerning profound social challenges....bringing an awareness and resources to this school's students .

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is a dynamic, membership-led, grassroots organization, building power with Arizonaís working families to advance social ...It was an inspiring and meaningful day. So many others were present to guide these youth as they move through their worlds

Obesity in youth

and Racial Inequality

All ages and backgrounds had an educational and FUN experience being with one another...

A representative for the teens from Parsons Boys & Girls Club was also present to invite the students to be a part of this incredible programming for youth of all ages.

Painting a mural tagged Education is the Cornerstone of a Peaceful and Tolerant Society! Artistic Expression is a means of Learning How to Engage in the Act of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Leading to Knowledge while ...

All of these posters are now on display in the library following a day of review by the AVID students concerning what this programming meant to them...It appears they as well as the attending students found the day very inspiring, educational, FUN, rewarding, empowering, relationship building, etc.

I am extremely grateful for Mary Moore, Balsz Promise Neighborhood Educational Board member and community liaison for being present.

I am also very grateful to Melanie Ohm for taking these wonderful pictures. Thank you Melanie!

Photo Narrative by judy butzine, MSW

Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition

The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.