For his Leadership Academy project, Barrington Atkins (Joseph’s House House Manager), chose to advance the Project COLOR (Creative Opportunities to Lower Risk) program for young people in danger of developing addiction.
Barrington is working with the City of Schenectady to develop programming to enhance adolescents’ self-esteem, combat cyber bullying, and other factors that can contribute to addiction in young people.
This past week, Barrington put his project goals into action with his involvement in a Project COLOR event and writes,
“I enjoyed seeing my leadership project come to life. Yesterday was a huge success. My team worked with over 30 kids, ages seven to 13.
The Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County, Inc. was able to provide education on drug prevention, including providing kids with “Drunk Goggles” that altered their vision.
The Professional Culinary Academy provided a lesson on healthy eating and how to make a healthy snack at home, and Planned Parenthood – of the Poughkeepsie Health Center, divided the kids by gender and provided education on puberty and other factors of “growing up”.
Importantly, a Joseph’s House resident conducted an art lesson in which everyone made tie-dye socks! He shares,
“Project COLOR was actually quite an incredible experience. Working with kids in our community was very rewarding in the sense that I felt good giving back to my community. I spent two days doing art projects with the kids; teaching them how to tie dye on the first day. The kids were really receptive and had a lot of fun doing that. On the second day I had the kids come up with concepts to design their own t-shirts and I got to see their creative side. In all Project COLOR was a great success and I would do it again in a heartbeat!”
As Barrington sums up the event, “It’s great to have the community stand behind projects of St. Joseph’s.”