Puerto Rico's at-risk students need to reconnect with their support systems through activities that spark their interest in learning after months of being isolated due to remote learning. This project will allow 100 youths from marginalized communities to participate in unique enrichment activities in a supportive and safe environment. These activities will nurture their creativity, communication, collaboration, cultural and motor skills much needed for their growth and and positive development.
Puerto Rico public school students have been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic conditions which resulted in isolation from school for over a year. Their academic development, but more importantly, their mental, physical, and emotional well-being have been seriously impacted. They have missed much-needed enrichment and extracurricular experiences which enable at-risk students to gain knowledge, to practice social skills and expand their references for future goals.
We propose a series of enrichment art, culture and sports workshops for at-risk youth to access safe and fun group activities which involve both mental and social abilities. Students will reconnect with peers and supportive adults in a secure manner and stimulate the creativity, self-confidence and social and physical skills which have been stalled during the pandemic. Gaining new skills will also expose the participants to new possibilities in areas that might interest them as future careers.
This project will provide 100 Puerto Rican at-risk youths a service which will nurture creativity, communication, collaboration, and gaining new skills. Enriching their academic, personal, and social growth is critical following the impact of the global pandemic. By offering new and creative ways to support their well-being and positive development, students will discover their potential to choose a path to a future of personal fulfillment and success.