Call to Action: Save School Based Youth Services Program from Defunding
ASYSST GOES BEYOND SCHOOL WALLS
Several ASYSST Members met the staff on Saturday December 28 at Preferred Care Nursing and Rehab Center to meet and greet a group of nursing home residents for a combined art project. The initiative was spearheaded by Shakita Johnson ( youth development specialits) who organized New Year stencils and colored pencils and markers. Students strategically sat at the tables with the residents and engaged in friendly "chit chat" while coloring. The residents enjoyed the opportunity to interact with students and vice versa. 90 year old resident Esther P. quipped "They are such well behaved kids, they can visit us anytime". 16 year old ASYSST Student Morris reported " I learned a lot from the seniors... I really liked doing this!"
Program Director Gregory Smith said "Our hope is to engage the students from ASYSST in similar projects in the future as a way to learn to give back and in the process receive so much more"