Social Worker – Tri Cap Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:35:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Social Worker – Tri Cap 32 32 The Healing Power of Art | Magazine Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:19:23 +0000

Art can heal.

Last year CultuRunners launched the Healing Arts Initiative as part of the World Health Organization’s series of solidarity events, and MoMA launched Artful Practices for Well-Being, which has integrated trauma awareness into its programming, recognizing individual and collective trauma, many of whom have been exacerbated by COVID-19. One of the first projects was an audio playlist that included collaborations with a neuroscientist, somatic experience practitioner, therapist, psychiatrist, educators, and mindfulness instructors.

This year, to join Healing Arts New York, with a city-wide activation taking place during the United Nations General Assembly, we have added contributions from four extraordinary collaborators: Christophe bailey, head of arts and health at the World Health Organization; Rebecca Amour, creative arts therapist specializing in dance / movement therapy; Sabrina sarro, a certified master social worker; and Atira Tan, specialist in somatic trauma.

Drawing on their lived experiences, professional expertise and interests, they share the means by which art can heal. This does not mean that watching or doing art will cure someone of a physical illness or even relieve mental health symptoms – it is not a substitute for a necessary medication, surgery, vaccination, or treatment plan. But still, art can heal.

Click on the links below to listen to the audio.

The Monet’s water lilies exhibition at MoMA from September 13, 2009 to April 12, 2010

Hear Christopher Bailey reflect on his personal story with Claude Monet Water lilies over several decades.

“By revisiting the Water lilies, in my current state – loss of vision due to glaucoma – I slip into a sense of completeness. Surface, depth and reflection converge, just like the past, the future and the present moment are one. And I realized that I hadn’t lost anything. I don’t feel any anxiety or fear. I’m just enjoying the joy of color and celebrating this present moment. For me, it is the healing power of art.

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Ana Mendieta. Nile born. 1984

Live a guided meditation on Ana Mendieta Nile born, directed by Atira Tan.

“What I’ve learned in my nearly two decades of work is that the body matters. And the body is the key and a vital part in healing from trauma…. Our bodies, which are connected to the earth, can be a deep source of resources and support as we learn to access it.

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Sam Gilliam. 10/27/69. 1969

Participate in a Guided Color Meditation at Sam Gilliam’s 10/27/69, directed by Sabrina Sarro.

“I want to invite everyone to pay attention and look at the color around us. Colors for which we may not yet have a language. The colors that resonate with us, to really draw on the energy and the language of colors that surround us.

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Zilia Sánchez. Antigone. 1970

Participate in somatic exercises inspired by Zilia Sanchéz Antigone, directed by Rebecca Love.

“The mythical character Antigone, the namesake of the play, signifies and validates for me the strength and power of bodies, which come in all shapes, shapes, colors and sizes, do not need to fit into a mold, to look or move a certain way of being beautiful or of expressing oneself.

Art can harness the healing power within each of us and help us come into community with one another.

In the presence of art, we can experience inspiration, wonder and even hope; it can stimulate our imagination, creativity and thinking. Our internal consciousness and our capacity for transformation can develop through experiences with art. There are scientific studies that demonstrate how people benefit from art exposure, as well as social prescribing programs in which doctors prescribe museum visits, art classes, and other creative activities.

For me, in the early stages of trauma recovery, art has helped me communicate what I couldn’t find words for and allowed me to be with the painful reality of trauma in a way that was not consuming me. Living with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain, art has helped me experience my symptoms differently. The emotional outlet that art offers can help alleviate physical sensations, sometimes by simply turning my mind away from them.

Art can harness the healing power within each of us and help bring us closer to each other. Faced with a work of art, we are connected to the artist and to others who have lived it. And connection, to ourselves and to others, is at the heart of art and healing. Healing is not a destination with a fixed timeline or endpoint, but rather a path or multiple paths. Just as every visit with a favorite work of art is a new experience with new perspectives, healing is a journey with possibilities that extend in all directions.

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Louise Magro Abitabile | News from the garden city Fri, 17 Sep 2021 02:06:05 +0000

Louise Magro Abitabile

Louise Magro Abitabile passed away peacefully on Saturday September 11 at the age of 93.

Louise was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, the first child of Antonio and Anna Biancardi, and sister of Dominic, and Anthony who survives her. She received a BA from Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, NY and after college she worked as a social worker for New York Foundling Hospital.

She married Salvatore Magro on September 2, 1951 and together they moved to Garden City in 1953 where they raised their four children.

Louise has lived in Garden City for most of her life. 68 years old. She was a dedicated parishioner of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and an active member of the Garden City community club where she served as head of the arts department. But art was not her only passion, she also had a flair for making new friends and an eye for beautiful clothes, which led her to work as a sales associate at Bloomingdale’s. Louise worked at Bloomingdales for 23 years, from its opening until the Franklin Avenue store closed in 1995.

Louise was considered by her family as a true matriarch. She was affectionately known as “Command Central” because she not only ruled the family, but also fostered a loving environment that linked her family of four children, their partners, ten grandchildren, and one. great grandson. She is survived by her four children: Paul Magro (Terrie), Anthony Magro (Laurence), Joanne Seebacher (Robert) and Lisa Combatti (Greg) as well as nine of her ten grandchildren and one great-grandson: Rachel (Thomas McAteer), Lauren (Daniel Hamersma) and Paul Seebacher, Vanessa, Christina and Isabelle Magro, Marc Magro, Kimberly and Daniel Combatti, and her great-grandson Hudson Seebacher-McAteer. After Sal’s death in 1978 at the age of 56, Louise married Peter Abitabile in 1981 and was together for 27 wonderful years until his death in 2008 at the age of 85.

In 2004 Louise lost her grandson, Michael Magro, at the age of 13 to leukemia. Following this tragedy, the family remained strong and resilient. The Michael Magro Foundation was created in 2005 to help families meet the challenges of caring for children with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Michael Magro Foundation

Louise was universally loved and appreciated for her charming and witty personality, her lively conversational skills, and her concern and respect for everyone she met. She was an incredible woman with great strength and great resilience.

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High number of dialysis cases impacts social determinants of health Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:33:30 +0000

September 16, 2021

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A growing body of literature on the social determinants of health suggests the critical importance of these social and psychological barriers to the outcomes of people with kidney disease.

With COVID-19 impacting vulnerable populations, it is time to address potential mismatches between patient and staff needs and clinic resources.

The problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of depression,1 anxiety2 and financial hardship3 for dialysis patients. A study published in 20204 evaluated the effect of the pandemic on the psychosocial health of hemodialysis patients in the center and found the following:

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  • almost 80% reported moderate to extreme concern about the effects of the pandemic on their mental / emotional health and interpersonal relationships;
  • over 85% were concerned about having dialysis due to the risk of close contact in the clinic or during transport;
  • 27% had clinical levels of depressive symptoms;
  • 33% reported poor quality of sleep;
  • perceived stress was high in about 30% of cases, 85% of whom felt overwhelmed by the pandemic;
  • 90% were concerned about housing insecurity; and
  • 30% reported food insecurity.

A 2020 survey by the American Nephrology Nurses Association 5 of nurses’ responses to the pandemic found the following:

  • 67% often had difficulty relaxing;
  • 47% had difficulty controlling their worries or fears; and
  • 62% felt exhausted.

In the survey, 47% of nurses said work “hardens their emotions,” which is a sign of compassion fatigue.

Opportunities for change

The ESRD Treatment Choices model, launched in January, offers clinics new opportunities to increase dialysis and home transplant rates. It is important to overcome critical psychosocial barriers to home dialysis and transplantation. A benefit for patients who choose the best option is a better “fit” to treatment and a better health-related quality of life.

Vocational rehabilitation has always been a goal of the end-stage renal disease program. According to the US Renal Data System’s 2020 Annual Data Report, 23% of patients aged 18 to 54 worked full or part time from 2016 to 2018.6

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Helping patients who are willing and able to work to keep their jobs or find a new one pays great dividends: patients experience reduced stress and greater financial stability, and clinics benefit from higher reimbursement from health plans collectives of employees in relation to the payment of health insurance.

A 2005 study found that the high number of cases in Connecticut dialysis clinics limited the ability of social workers to provide clinical interventions to their patients.7 A national survey conducted between 2014 and 2017 found that the number of cases Social work increased for part-time and full-time social workers by about 130 per social worker working 40 hours per week, with part-time social workers having even higher relative workloads.

With higher workloads in 2017, “68% of social workers did not have enough time to deal with cases or advice, 62% did not have enough time to educate patients and 36% did said they spend too much time doing office work, insurance and billing. tasks ”, according to the results of the survey.8

We know that depression and poor physical and mental function predict an increased risk of missed treatments, hospitalization and death. Likewise, better staffing could reduce patient complaints and improve patient satisfaction scores – a win-win situation for patients, staff and clinics.

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For some people living with food insecurity in Pennsylvania, eating a meal is the first step to getting help Tue, 07 Sep 2021 19:14:00 +0000

A few minutes before noon, Kirk Hallett stood at the door of the Soup of Saint Francis of Assisi.

A woman walked over to him from across the parking lot, and the 71-year-old held out an offering in a styrofoam tray: chicken, rice, beans and broccoli, all from the Central Food Bank of Pennsylvania and cooked by volunteers at the church.

People showed up throughout lunchtime in the sweltering July heat. Most were walking. Some have brought children. Another man parked his car, then crossed the parking lot with a cane. Many know Hallett by name, and he also knows some by name.

Hallett began volunteering in Saint Francis over 20 years ago. He says it changed him. He quit his job as a construction equipment salesman and formed a non-profit organization called the Joshua Group which aims to help children succeed in school.

For him, volunteering at the soup kitchen is part of the same mission as educating children.

“Our philosophy is that education is the anti-poverty agenda that works,” Hallet said.

Many of the same children who do not have access to early childhood education also do not have reliable access to food, he said. It is estimated that one in nine children lives with food insecurity, which means they have limited access to nutritious and safe food, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Hallet wants to help people be successful, but in many cases the best he can do is offer food and a little chat. He does both by roaming the city daily.

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Pete Sollenberger gestures towards the shelter where he has lived for several months in Harrisburg.

“It’s not just about moving around to distribute meals,” he said. “It’s about relationships, and I’m glad we can. Somewhere along the line, God is present with us in this conversation.

Hallett is one of the many people who make sure food bank donations get to those who need them. He and others say food awareness works, but there are limits to what it can accomplish without additional resources such as affordable housing and an investment in the city’s schools.

At Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg, Director of Development Susan Cann said her team sees many people who have lost their homes. For them, food is often their first need, “but they need so much more”. Crisis workers, medical personnel and others can provide some of this.

“Sometimes people are more ready to hear about different services,” Cann said. “Or they hear about it, it doesn’t work the first time, but at least they know it’s over there.”

Cann estimates that half of the people who visit the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen are living with a mental illness. Many have problems with drug or alcohol use. Almost one in ten are military veterans.

She said the demand for food had declined slightly over the past year. She believes COVID-19 stimulus money played a role. But lately the demand for food has increased.

There is also an urgent need for affordable housing, Cann said.

She mentioned that after the Dauphin County District Attorney ordered police to clearing out a long-standing tent camp near the Market Square Presbyterian Church, the situation has become more difficult for people who have no place to call home.

It became during an afternoon spent with Kirk Hallet.

After distributing food for an hour at the soup kitchen, he dropped the tailgate of his 20-year-old van and filled it with meal trays.

He explained that COVID-19 has changed his approach. They had to shut down the dining room. Food was not getting to people. That’s when he found his route around Alison Hill.

That day, like most weekdays, Hallett dropped off about 20 meals at a house where military veterans live. Then he stopped at a street corner where people gather to distribute meals to anyone who wants them.

There he met people who had been displaced after the police broke up the tent camp. With no options available near the church that had helped them, some of them had crossed Paxton Creek to Alison Hill.

Others ended up at the next Hallet stop, about a mile away, camped under the Mulberry Street Bridge.

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Christian Churches United outreach worker Aisha Mobley portrays a portrait in Harrisburg, July 22, 2021.

For Aisha Mobley of Christian Churches United, the space under the bridge is one of the few ‘sanctioned’ encampments where she can direct people – which means the police know it and social workers visit it regularly.

She explained this by removing the boxes from her van. She was helping a young man move out after being forced out of the Presbyterian tent camp on Market Street.

Mobley, who served as a social worker for the Harrisburg School District for 12 years, said there are links between a poorly funded education system, a lack of public health resources and issues of poverty, food insecurity and homelessness in Harrisburg.

The pandemic has made these problems worse, but has also led to more direct outreach with people.

After shelters closed last spring due to concerns about the virus, Mobley launched a campaign to provide face masks to people. It quickly turned into a larger effort to help people with things like laundry, housing, and employment.

Mobley said most people under the bridge have behavioral or physical disabilities, which means they are on or qualify for Medicaid benefits. This is something she can help.

As she handed out sandwiches, muffins and fruit to people, she said providing food was a great way to build confidence and get to know someone who could benefit from additional services.

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Kirk Hallett, right, gives a meal to a man who lives under the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg.

Hallett also mentioned it. During his drive, a man told Hallett that a 67-year-old woman who lived in a tent near him was showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Hallett referred the man to a friend who could put the woman in touch with services.

Like Susan Cann at Daily Bread, Mobley said the biggest challenge was housing. The rooms are hard to find. Rooming houses cost on average about six hundred dollars a month. For Medicaid recipients who find a room, that leaves them about a hundred dollars for necessities.

“So when do people say they choose to be here?” It’s the choice they make to be here, ”Mobley said.

For Pete Sollenberger, this is not the choice at all. He was staying with his family until a few months ago. When this situation changed, he began to sleep in his car.

Eventually, the 61-year-old army veteran built a shelter from several tarps placed under the bridge.

The longtime construction worker explained how injuries and health issues made the job difficult. “I prefer to be in a house or an apartment,” he said, adding that he was trying to find accommodation. “Believe me. I’m too old for this.

Sollenberger said he was grateful for the abundance of food in Harrisburg and for people like Kirk Hallett and Aisha Mobley.

“They come every day,” he says. ” It’s really appreciated.

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A sci-fi man with a troubled history is accused of bringing a gun to a school. The courts and the health care system failed him Fri, 03 Sep 2021 22:09:20 +0000 The first disturbing text arrived at 5:32 p.m. on Tuesday from the San Francisco fire chief. She told supervisor Rafael Mandelman that a man had climbed the famous Castro Theater, allegedly damaging the beloved neon sign, throwing heavy objects from the roof and undressing.

Mandelman received an even more shocking text from the police early in the afternoon. Another man had been arrested the day before for carrying a loaded gun to the campus of New Traditions, an elementary school near Panhandle, where he allegedly tried to enter through the side entrance of the school on several occasions and accosted children and parents.

Both men are now in prison – again. And San Franciscans wonder – once again – why such a wealthy, compassionate and innovative city can’t do better with its sickest residents and those who cross their path in their darkest times.

The two men involved in these events have extensive criminal histories and clear signs of substance use disorders or mental illness. Both are well known to municipal authorities and the police. And both have repeatedly toured the criminal justice system or the health care system with seemingly unsuccessful success in staying healthy.

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Season 6, Episode 9, “Dream Weaver” Wed, 01 Sep 2021 02:00:00 +0000

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Funny, thoughtful, moving and socially aware. These are the elements that Super girl does best, and these are also the qualities that are on display in “Dream Weaver,” another solid episodic adventure that fits into the biggest storytelling of the season. pieces forward. I like this Super girl takes a smaller approach for the latter half of his final season. Instead of stretching beyond his means with big action scenes he can’t pull off, “Dream Weaver” tells on a small scale, standalone story that ‘Its impact lies in its sharp social commentary and optimistic spirit.

The most impressive thing about “Dream Weaver” is the way it weaves together just about all of the major elements of Super girlthe construction of the world. Of course, it’s a bit handy that the child Kelly meets at her social worker job happens to have an older brother who is involved in the thefts that Kara and J’onn are investigating, which happen to be linked to a prison guard that Kara has already written. an article on. But I’ll take a little trick if it means that all the elements of Super girlthe world feels just as relevant for once.

In particular, “Dream Weaver” does a fantastic job of making CatCo a staple of Super Girl ‘s storytelling, which haswasn’t always the case in the CW era of the series. The shattering cut of Kara and Co. having a game night at Andrea demanding to know what Super Friends are up to for fun is awesome. And William and Kara work really well as a platonic colleagues with a common passion for hard knocks journalism. More Super girl locates an intelligent and relevant conflict in the idea that for CatCo to have the resources to report the truth, he must be able to maintain himself financially. And that means figuring out how to structure a story in a way that makes people want to engage in it – something that Kara ultimately realizes she does. has a unique ability to do like Supergirl.

But as Kara does some recce with her Supergirl powers this week, the key to solving the case comes more from her journalistic side, like she and William bond and follow the money. It turns out that an organized crime lord bribes a private prison guard to use alien prisoners to steal the materials he needs to build a dirty bomb. Adding insult to injury, the bribery occurs as part of a work release program that is specifically aimed at helping incarcerated people learn skills that can help them reintegrate into the world after the expiration of their sentence – a program that Kara once praised in a article.

“Dream Weaver” focuses on systemic abuses, such as the ones EMP-powered alien Orlando Davis (Jhaleil Swaby) faces in prison or the one his little brother Joey (Aiden Stoxx) faces in his cruel foster home . In fact, “Dream Weaver” sets out to explore the cycles of inhumanity that make up much of American society: the Davis brothers found themselves in their abusive situations because Orlando had to turn to theft to make ends meet after their parents died. If he had had more social services to help him in the first place, all of their traumas and separations could have been avoided. Indeed, Kelly’s beautifully empathetic approach contrasts sharply with these larger systemic failures. But there is only as long as she can act like a little voice in a much bigger broken system.

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As is often the case when Super girl tackles a complex real-world problem, however, the show’s desire to deliver an upbeat ending is somewhat at odds with the less sunny reality of how these situations typically play out. While the idea of ​​Supergirl becoming the voice of the incarcerated is charming, there is also something odd about presenting a relatively simple fictitious solution to such a complex real-world problem. I couldn’t argue with anyone who found the scene where Orlando gets a full pardon and finds Joey to be just a small farm when it comes to harnessing real world pain for easy superhero TV pathos.

Still, in the entertainment world, it works well. And it is clear that Super girl has all the best intentions in the world when it comes to shedding light on the dangers from private to for-profit prisons and lack of humanity so often granted to inmates (and children in foster care). it helps before Super girl has Kara as the hero, it allows her to be frustratingly naive in not seeing that Director Wyatt Kote (Tom Jackson) is clearly in the scam. And I love the episode’s ultimate thesis that Kara has as much power in what she chooses to talk about as Supergirl as she does in what she actually does with her Kryptonian abilities, which she proves by giving William an exclusive interview that condemns prison abuse while championing work release programs in general.

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While Kara’s impulse is often to segment her double life, this time around she realizes that there is real value in working a story on both sides – as Kara Danvers and as Supergirl. . And Kelly also comes to a similar realization. After recognizing the limits of what she can do as a social worker on her own, Kelly decides to take on her brother’s guardian mantle to help protect vulnerable people through self-defense. And while, again, there is something a little odd about using a fictitious solution to solve a complicated real-world problem, the mind is charming and a much better exploration of what it means to be the Guardian than it does. the series never really gave to James. Plus, it’s worth seeing Alex enthusiastically pull out the vigilante gear she’s storing for Kelly from Crisis on Infinite Earths. Even more than their domination during game nights, it is the scene that really sell Alex and Kelly as a perfect pair. The couple who campaign together, stay together.

To complete “Dream Weaver” is an unfortunately not very interesting runner on Nyxly infiltrating Nia’s dreams. While Nia’s powers are cool in theory, Super girl has never been the best at finding visions that are visually interesting. Here, her dreams start to get pretty repetitive, at least until a trippy talking owl brightens things up a bit. Yet tying Nyxly and Nia together is another smart, economical storytelling choice that brings Nyxly back into the fold while continuing Nia’s arc of her mother’s lack. Yes Super girlstorytelling throughout the season has not yet started cooking with gas completely, at least it is fanning the flames in an interesting direction.

Stray observations

  • There are some great hand-to-hand combat in the scene where Kara and J’onn release the kidnapped prisoners.
  • Jhaleil Swaby and Aiden Stoxx perform very well as Orlando and Joey, which goes a long way to making the brothers’ story alive and complex.
  • So, are Alex and Kelly just going to adopt Esme or are they going to end up taking over the whole foster home?
  • Where has M’gann been lately? Has she returned to Mars?
  • I thought William was the only one assigned to Super Friends history, but I love that Kara and Nia were also tasked with profiling themselves!
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VA Hospital Psychiatric Social Worker Anthony R. DeCubellis Dies at 88 Sat, 28 Aug 2021 01:41:18 +0000

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Anthony R. DeCubellis, 88, of Pawtucket RI, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2021.

Son of the late Louis (Luigi) and Viola DeCubellis, he is survived by his wife Carol (Poirier) DeCubellis, his sister Mary DeCubellis, of Providence, RI., His children Monica Chace and her husband Graham Jelley, of Providence, Maria Holme , and her husband Mark Holme, of Seekonk, MA, Brian DeCubellis and his wife Diana DeCubellis, of Katonah, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexander Chace and his fiancee Tina Rho, Zachery and his wife Kaitlin Holme, Seth Holme, Sophia DeCubellis and Atticus DeCubellis.

A graduate of Providence College and the Boston College School of Social Work, Tony was a dedicated psychiatric social worker for 30 years at the VA Hospital in Providence, RI. Lovers of knowledge, history and words, he has shared them with the people in his life in many wonderful ways. Tony’s deep love for his family was central to his life and clear to everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a Christian funeral mass on Monday August 30 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Coyle Drive, Seekonk, MA. at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Notre-Dame cemetery.

Due to COVID, calling hours are being removed.

Instead of flowers, donations made to Parish of Notre Dame Reine des Martyrs, 385 Central Ave. Seekonk, MA 02771, would be greatly appreciated.

The family asks all guests to wear a mask.

To plant memorial trees in memory of Anthony DeCubellis, please click here to visit the Sympathy store.

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Spotlight on UMKC: How UMKC Alumni and Students Give Back to KC Urban Youth Through KCFAA’s Ailey Summer Camp Sun, 22 Aug 2021 23:10:06 +0000

The posthumous legacy of legendary choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey still resonates through the arts in Kansas City.

Founded in 1984 and located in the historic Jazz district on the 18the and Vine, friends of Alvin Ailey from Kansas City were instrumental in making Ailey’s delayed dreams come true after her sudden death in AIDS-related illness in 1989.

Perhaps the most influential program in KCFAA’s outreach to urban youth in the subway is Camp Ailey, which was founded here in the summer of 1989 on the site of its last public appearance.

In partnership with the KCMO and KCK public school districts, Ailey Camp is a free five-week intensive dance and life skills program for underprivileged middle school students.

It touched the lives of 1.2 million people in all communities, while expanding to nine other major cities such as Miami, Baltimore and Seattle.

Without a doubt, Camp Ailey in Kansas City is the leader of the pack, which wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of UMKC students and alumni.

Five of the 12 camp staff are UMKC alumni who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring the next generation through dance and leadership skills.

The Kansas City Camp Chief and Matriarch is Camp Social Worker and Counselor Yvette Norris. She graduated from UMKC in 1995 and has been with the program for 25 years.

“Being able to give back to these kids and see their transformation over the years is one of my greatest accomplishments in life,” Norris said. “It wouldn’t be possible without the education I received at UMKC.”

Since most of these children come from the urban core, they are often exposed to socio-economic childhood traumas, such as food insecurity and domestic violence. Teaching children healthy coping skills like conflict resolution is essential in their development into adulthood.

The staff also includes Miyesha McGriff, an elegant and skillful professional dancer and ballet instructor, who was trained at the Ailey School and Kansas City Ballet.

Subway Child Graduated from the UMKC Conservatory Dance Program in 2011, she is now a leading artist for the Collage Dance Collective of Memphis, TN, and a Camp Ailey instructor for six years.

McGriff’s Alma Mater, the UMKC Conservatory, is ranked 24e best of its kind in the world, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Likewise, Collage Dance Collective has received rave reviews and awards for its contributions to contemporary American dance and is part of an impressive repertoire of black-led dance companies in the United States.

“One word to sum up the experience of Ailey Camp for children and as an instructor is growth,” said McGriff. “Watching the progress of these kids as they adjust to me as I learn how to best teach them is remarkable. “

Another alumnus whose contributions are critical to Ailey Camp’s success is jazz and ballet instructor Kennedy Banks. In the spring of 2021, she obtained a diploma in dance and choreography from the UMKC Conservatory.

The 22-year-old Chicago native started studying dance in college and has been working for the camp since her freshman year at UMKC. She credits the program and its instructors with the skills and work ethic she hopes to instill in her students each year.

“The conservatory prepared me a lot for this experience,” Kennedy said. “They showed me how to set an example, attract attention, and extract the strict focus needed to be a professional dancer and instructor.”

Finally, there’s talented and passionate UMKC junior Marcus Johnson, a native of Windy City and a modern dance instructor at the camp.

“Everything I learn in college, I literally teach my students,” Johnson said. “The warm-up I learned from Gary Abbott is exactly the routine I teach my students. I go to class every day and I absorb all the knowledge that the program teaches me is immediately returned to these students.

Giving back to Kansas City’s historically marginalized and disadvantaged communities is at the heart of UMKC’s mission. While Ailey’s relationship with the university prior to her death 31 years ago is unknown, it’s clear that UMKC alumni are doing justice to her impact in the Kansas City community.

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How Poverty Affects High School Students, Told by Arizona Teachers Sun, 22 Aug 2021 13:01:03 +0000

Opinion: Arizona high school teachers are more than educators. They are advisers. Suppliers of school supplies. Common-law parents.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school teachers in Arizona are on the front lines of poverty. They are more than educators. They are advisers. Social workers. Suppliers of school supplies. Cheerleaders for students. Advocacy for fair and excellent education. Common-law parents.

They work long hours under stressful conditions.

Here are some of the high school students they educate, as told by their teachers, collected by Save Our Schools, and compiled by Rhonda Cagle, member of the Arizona Republic’s Board of Contributors.

The names of the students have been changed for anonymity, but their stories are real.

He juggled distance learning and a late night job

For educators and students alike, it was difficult to meet typical performance expectations during a global pandemic. While striving to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, typical student challenges such as poverty or learning disabilities remained. Educators had to create materials without additional resources.

For one of my second year students, that meant navigating virtual learning, following the demands of the program that made no room for the realities of our unprecedented circumstances, and having a job that made him work until the wee hours. in the morning. He did all of this relying on his teachers to keep up with his 504 plan to support her disability, which was not written for pandemic learning.

I saw his motivation quickly wane and I reached out. Our conversations were heartbreaking, but necessary to better support him. He moved around, stayed with relatives or friends because of the difficulties at home. He feared that he would be constantly exposed to COVID-19 at work. He was struggling more than ever to concentrate and retain information.

As a team, its teachers have tried to adapt its accommodation to the unique circumstances of the school year. We made sure he got meals and meetings with our school social worker – the first time I could use a school social worker in my 10 years of teaching.

Despite all this, he often did not show up, but not because of any real shortcomings on his part. On the contrary, the system and the broader economic realities forced us all to do a lot with too little, and it just wasn’t always enough.

This sophomore finally quit his job to devote more time to his studies. He barely passed his lessons. His 504 plan has been updated. But I’m still worried about him.

It is one story among many. Our high school students face many of the same barriers as adults. He deserves a lot less obstacles and so much more support.

Élise Villescaz, Thunderbird High School, Glendale Union School District

Rural poverty is nothing like urban poverty

Trained in the downtown core, I was confident in my ability to work with children in poverty when I got my first teaching job in southern Arizona. I was wrong. Rural poverty is nothing like urban poverty, and the experiences of children in our rural communities are often invisible to policy makers.

Rural poverty is “Geneviève,” whose family of eight lived in a trailer park adjacent to a portable toilet business. Rows of toilets, encased in blue boxes, stretched from his front door to the desert.

Geneviève did not have a washing machine. Every week, she quietly passed me a bag of laundry that I cleaned and returned to her.

Poverty is an essay on drunk mothers who forget to buy grain and take long walks on hot, dusty roads during a summer in Arizona to do grocery shopping for their siblings.

Rural poverty is the grocery store in Circle K where fresh fruit is unheard of. It’s a school trip ending at a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Tucson, watching stunned high school kids see leafy green vegetables for the first time.

This poverty is “Santiago” who, after being placed in his eighth foster home, came to my ninth grade English class. He surreptitiously looked at a leftover tangerine from my lunch and asked if he could have it. I accepted, and weeks after struggling to deal with the often violent explosions in Santiago, I realized.

Santiago spent the rest of that school year working in my English class for a fresh fruit. Mandarins, apples and even peaches were our motto. He worked hard and I, in turn, provided him with a piece of fruit every day.

Public schools are the center of rural communities, and legislators must recognize and fund them as such.

Marie Perez, Sierra Vista High School, Sierra Vista Unified School District

Being poor in an upper middle class school

My school is located in an upper middle class neighborhood, but I have a lot of students who are homeless or living in poverty. Their parents are using all possible means to get them to “an elite high school” where they hope that more opportunities will be offered to their child.

While there is some truth to this, there are also challenges in being the “stranger” – the only student in your class without a cell phone; the student limited to certain foods in the cafeteria; one who does not try sports because of the additional costs associated with sports shoes, uniforms and transport.

Merger can be a full-time job for a high school student living in poverty in a school where you are “other” the minute you walk on campus.

As a teacher, I bought school supplies for the children, I asked for donations from neighbors to buy shoes so that a student could play sports, and I collected items in empty boxes. attics so that students can integrate with their peers. While luxury items like nail polish or lip gloss may seem trivial, for a high school student, it’s the difference between fitting in or standing out.

The challenges of students experiencing poverty have been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, as more teachers rely on technology and the internet. Students living in poverty come to school daily behind their peers simply because of the lack of digital access to online reading or homework. And although the library is “open”, it is a luxury that some students cannot afford due to lack of transportation.

As we begin the school year with the surge in COVID-19, I worry so much for these children. The technological gap has widened and few resources are in place to meet the needs of these children. I hope our state will prioritize our most precious resource – our children.

Michelle Capriotti, Casteel High School, Chandler Unified School District

Problems at home hamper genius

Every day, I have the chance to work with young people who are overflowing with genius. My students are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and empathetic friends. It is truly a joy and an honor to support them in their growth.

In my 15 years of teaching in Arizona public schools, I have cherished the opportunity to see the genius that my students have. But I have also seen far too many circumstances that could overshadow their brilliance and prevent them from seizing the opportunities.

I remember the two years in a row when Jasmine was eager to take a robotics class, but her tutor couldn’t afford the class fees. I remember when Angel stopped coming to school because he was having a growth spurt and outgrown all of his shoes.

Last year during distance learning, Sara texted me explaining that she would miss the next two days of class until her family was able to pay her school bill. electricity. Michael couldn’t stay awake during his first period because he worked long hours at his job after school to help his family pay their bills. And we were all heartbroken, struggling to focus because we mourn the loss of one of our own to gun violence.

As a high school teacher, I work with over 150 students a year. I rely on counselors, social workers and community liaison officers to help support our students. They are incredibly talented and hardworking professionals, but the needs are great and we are all too busy.

The young people we serve are full of potential. They are ready to impact our world for the better. Arizona must provide the resources necessary for all students to shine.

Kristin Roberts, Carl Hayden Community High School, Phoenix Union School District

Children cannot learn to high levels without food, supplies

On the first day of school in a damp classroom, 32 students from AP Calculus stare at me as I begin to speak. “On the counter you will find everything you need for my class. Pencils. Paper. Erasers. Help you.

“At the back of the room are graphing calculators you will need for this year’s AP exam. I prefer you to have yours because you will need it in college; however, I understand that they are expensive. You can borrow one from me.

“If you are hungry and thirsty, I always have something. We’re going to tackle some really tough math this year, and I need you to be prepared. I need you all. I will be more than happy to share.

We dive into graphic parables and the year 26 is underway.

Many teachers have learned over the years that when students’ needs are not met before they walk through their doors, learning is more difficult to achieve. When students are not fed or not equipped to be ready for class activities, or when a student is worried because their family cannot afford the rent this month and may be evicted, the quadratic formula seems out of place. about.

When they live in a shed a few months later, solving equations is the least of their concerns. But, eight hours a day, a pupil can also find refuge at school with adults concerned about his well-being. School is where they can find meals, a controlled temperature, a place to be themselves, and a safe place to ask for help.

Schools are more than just a place of learning. As educators, we take care of the whole student. More often than not, the teacher usually finances the needs of the students from their own bank account. Because we are all concerned. We are happy to share.

Kelly Berg, Dobson High School, Mesa Public Schools

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Best Bets: A Quick Guide to Online and In-Person Fun and Experiences Tue, 10 Aug 2021 21:00:57 +0000

the La Jolla Light features this continuing series of online activities to take on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events.

Conferences & learning

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “Mourning 101” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Clinical social worker, author and therapist Thera Storm will discuss grief and strategies for recovering. Free.

Howard Hang will present at the Scripps Research conference “Harnessing the Power of the Microbiota to Boost Immunity Against Infection and Cancer” Wednesday August 18.

(Don Boomer)

• Scripps Research presents “Harnessing the power of the microbiota to strengthen immunity against infections and cancer ” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, online. The talk will feature Professor Scripps Howard Hang in a discussion of the links between specific species of microbes and immunity and new approaches to more effectively prevent infections and treat cancer and other diseases. Free.

• The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition presents “City bike” at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 19, online. The virtual classroom is designed to help cyclists become more comfortable sharing the road. Course topics include general bicycle safety, legal rights and responsibilities, and emergency maneuvering skills. Free.

Family & children

• The La Jolla / Riford Library presents “Put the” A “in STEAM” at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7555 Draper Ave. The arts and crafts program is designed for school-aged children and will take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

• The La Jolla / Riford Library presents Bilingual story time at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday at 7555 Draper Ave. Aimed at young children and speakers of all skill levels, Story Time features a different language each week. There’s also a baby story time at 1 p.m. on Monday, a toddler story time at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and a story hour for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Arts & culture

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “The History of Athenia” at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 12 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Author Tom Sanger will lead the presentation on the little-known tragedy of a torpedoed passenger ship at the start of WWII and his novel about the event. Free for members of the community center; $ 10 for non-members.

• The Athenaeum musical and artistic library presents “Flicks on the bricks,” an outdoor film series starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday August 12 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The series, curated and presented by KPBS film critic Beth Accomando, will include trivia, prizes and giveaways at each screening. The first film will be “His Girl Friday”. Future dates are August 19 (“Twentieth Century”) and August 26 (“It Happened One Night”). $ 15 per film for Athenaeum members ($ 39 for the series); $ 20 per film for non-members ($ 54 for the series).

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the next in its Jazz in the Farrell family series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday August 14 at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The concert will feature the first San Diego performance of the Joshua White Nightstone Trio, with White on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums. $ 35 for Athenaeum members; $ 40 for non-members.

• DG Wills Books presents the author Robert monroe at 7 p.m. on Saturday August 14 at 7461 Girard Ave. Monroe will discuss his new book, “Scripps Institution of Oceanography”. Free.

• La Jolla Music Society presents “Takeover at JHA I” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday August 15 at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave. Held in the JAI performance space, the SummerFest event will showcase the creativity of Latin Grammy Award winner and Guggenheim member Gabriela Lena Frank. $ 60 and more.

• The North Coast Repertory Theater continues to broadcast “Dr. glass” until Sunday August 15, online. The play is a psychological thriller written by Jeffrey Hatcher and starring Daniel Gerroll as Dr. Glas. $ 35 for a single viewing; $ 54 for a group visit.

• Vanguard Culture presents “Brain Candy: art collectors” at noon on Monday August 16, online. The event, inspired by 18th century French salons, caters to art collectors and budding artists with works available for purchase and will feature several speakers including gallery owners from La Jolla, Elsie Arredondo and Johnny Tran. Suggested donation of $ 10.

Warwick Bookstore and Graydon House Books feature author Michelle Gable online Tuesday, August 17.

Warwick Bookstore and Graydon House Books feature author Michelle Gable online Tuesday, August 17.

(Joanna DeGeneres Photography)

• Warwick’s and Graydon House Books feature the author and San Diegan michelle pinion at 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 17, online. Gable will discuss her new book, “The Bookseller’s Secret: A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII,” in a conversation with author Kristina McMorris and Gable editor-in-chief Melanie Fried. Free.

UC San Diego's 20th Annual Library Paper Theater Festival will be held Tuesday, August 17 online.

UC San Diego’s 20th Annual Library Paper Theater Festival will be held Tuesday, August 17 online.

(Courtesy UC San Diego)

• 20th Virtual Edition of the UC San Diego Library Paper theater festival will feature replicas of Victorian-era paper theaters, as well as modern experimental versions, Tuesday, August 17 at noon, on the UCSD Geisel Library Facebook page. Guests will hear from the creators of the working miniature scenes in the first video and the playwrights involved. The articles presented represent 20 years of work by UCSD students, staff and alumni. Free.

• Adventures through the present book “AuthorPreneurs: How Authors Can Switch to Instagram” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, online. Author and social media expert Crystal King will assist writers with the business aspect of writing. $ 5 and more.

• Warwick’s bookstore presents the writer Gary Goldstein at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, via Facebook Live as he discusses his new book, “The Last Birthday Party,” in conversation with Robin Riker. Free.

Galas and events

• Miracle Babies presents its 13th edition Superhero 5K from 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, online and at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road, Point Loma. Customers are encouraged to put on their superhero capes and walk or run 5 km to support families with infants in neonatal intensive care. $ 20 and more.

• Gelson’s presents its first online cooking class at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 19. The event will feature Chef Gino Angelini and his wife, Elizabeth, owners of Angelini Osteria and Angelini Alimentari. Course participants will receive a cooking kit for two, available for pickup on August 18 or 19 at Gelson’s in Pacific Beach, Del Mar or Carlsbad. $ 49.99.

• Black Swan Initiative will hold a Gatsby Summer Gala at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday August 21, in a private house in La Jolla. The event will feature handcrafted cocktails, Michelin-inspired chef-inspired appetizers, live music, art, dancing, a silent auction and more. All proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit Corazon de Vida, which supports orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico. $ 350.

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