Today is sadly the last day of service for our two amazing AmeriCorps members, Cora Stern and Alexis Logan-Brown, who joined us as Campus-Compact Mid-Atlantic members last year. They have both been incredible to work with and are a true testament to the power of national service, service learning, and partnerships. Here’s a glimpse into some of their many accomplishments:
For the past year, Cora has served as the coordinator of ArtWorks, art-based social enterprise program that uses art as a tool to teach high school refugee students about business, financial literacy, English, career readiness, and entrepreneurship, while providing students with an outlet to share their experiences. Cora executed weekly programming at Patterson High School in collaboration with community artists and other community organizations, and she also organized multiple craft fairs, including multiple-day sales at ArtScape and Art Market at MICA, under a student-centered approach.
During her year, ArtWorks has raised more than $9,600 in cash resources and $10,300 in in-kind resources for RYP. In-kind resources include grant money from MICA Screen Printing and inventory software and hardware. Cora developed two exciting collaborations with community arts organizations, a photography program with Vision Workshops and a screen printing project with the MICA Screen Printing Department. Finally, she taught lessons in financial literacy and career readiness to ArtWorks students, College JUMP students, and International Summer Academy RYP students.
Cora will be joining the Peace Corps in Morocco for the next two years!