STUDENT WORK

helping our youth become future community leaders through creative expression

AMBASSADOR ART

In addition to providing a continuum of life-long interest, art provides ambassadors a unique venue through which they can create a visual representation of personal thought and feeling.  Painting especially is beneficial to individuals experiencing difficulties with the written or oral word.  Technique development, exposure to a varied repertoire of artists’ work, and discussion of different styles of art will result in personal works of art by each ambassador.

I See

May 16, 2017

Self Portrait

May 16, 2017

Dreams Don’t Work

May 16, 2017

Self Portrait

May 12, 2017

Untitled

May 12, 2017

Untitled

May 12, 2017

Untitled

May 12, 2017

Untitled

May 12, 2017

Believe Inspire Achieve

May 8, 2017

Collaboration Piece

May 8, 2017

Untitled

May 8, 2017

Collaborative Piece

May 8, 2017

DOCUMENTARIES

While writing encourages students to explore individual experiences and circumstances, documentary development asks them to come together in teams to explore issues facing their larger community. Completed films are a means through which ambassadors can share their findings, insuring the youth perspective is taken under consideration by decision makers in our community.

Past ambassador documentaries have included the subjects of violence, gangs, neighborhood blight, transportation, pregnancy, cultural celebrations, family life, adult community member advice and youth aspirations.

Reclaiming Ivanhoe’s Neighborhoods

May 16, 2017

Wishes & Wisdom

May 16, 2017

Argentine Gangs

May 16, 2017

A Good Man

May 16, 2017

The N-Word

May 12, 2017

What Does It Mean To Be Black?

May 12, 2017

Black Racism

May 8, 2017

Kansas City Homeless

May 8, 2017

Ivanhoe Violence

May 2, 2017

JOURNALS & WRITING

The Youth Ambassador writing program is designed to broaden students’ perspectives by discussing and reflecting on current events, selected works of literature, and poetry. In the process of writing, students gain writing fluency and greater competency in grammar rules and usage. As part of our program, youth ambassadors keep daily journals.  Writings are read, discussed, dissected, and published, anonymously if needed to preserve the dignity of the ambassador.  Lines of communication and a venue through which students both give and receive respect and genuine concern are established when personal journals are shared.  Many students join gangs to gain respect from peers and to experience a feeling of belonging.  Here, as students find a venue to share within Youth Ambassadors, the need to replace a family structure that is missing for many students is reduced.

Santa

May 23, 2017

We Have a Dream

May 16, 2017

I Never Really Knew Her

May 12, 2017

Dear World, Part 1

May 12, 2017

Dear World, Part 2

May 12, 2017

I Felt Loved When…

May 8, 2017

A Good Dream

May 6, 2017

Learn From Your Mistakes

May 2, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY

Youth ambassadors receive the opportunity to photograph their community through the use of digital photography. This project not only exposes our ambassadors to new technology, it empowers participants, giving them license to explore, take ownership of, and then share with others from a personal vantage point their community. Resulting photographs provide our extended community insight into our youth’s world through their own eyes. The beautiful, ugly, good and bad are all highlighted on film.

Strive

May 23, 2017

Silly

May 23, 2017

The Sky Is The Limit

May 23, 2017

Hoop Dreams

May 23, 2017

Focus

May 23, 2017

Perspective

May 23, 2017

Fence

May 23, 2017

Happy

May 23, 2017

Argentine Rally

May 23, 2017

Argentine Alley

May 23, 2017

Argentine

May 23, 2017

Book 14

May 23, 2017

Book 9

May 23, 2017