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September 23 - December 16, 2021

Our Minds Matter

JL McCourt Middle School • 45 Highland Ave. CumberlandRI  02864 Organized by OCYL: Mayor's Office of Children Youth and Learning $25 instant refund on this event with gift card.
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“Our Minds Matter” is an interactive personal wellness & empowerment program at McCourt Middle School for students in 7th & 8th Grades to learn how to reflect on who they are, how they feel and how to cope in the moment. In a comfortable, relaxed afterschool environment they will learn to support themselves with fun and easy creative arts strategies they’ll return to throughout their lives. Students will: • Experience how “expressive” art-making can improve how you feel, strengthen your sense of self/personal identity, and improve your mental health like lowering stress and anxiety. No arts experience necessary. No critiques or critics in this judgement-free zone. • Make creative group and individual projects that include playing with words, exploring sound/music, movement and visual arts like collage, sculpture, mandalas, Zentangle®, journaling, drawing, and painting. • While activities may have a therapeutic effect, this is not group therapy or counseling. The school will be aware of which students are in the program to offer support as needed. Sharing of experiences will be voluntary! As a community partner, OCYL’s intent in this program is to provide additional adult community connections and new experiences for students to support themselves, to open the conversation with youth about their identities & sense of belonging & to lessen the stigma about youth mental health. The OCYL Creative & Expressive Arts Team includes Liz Lemire White (OCYL Director and Lead Facilitator, graduate of Salve Regina University’s Expressive and Creative Arts Graduate Program), Jamie Droste (OCYL’s K-12 Coordinator, Art Teacher), & Sharon Dyment (OCYL staff and Graduate student at Salve Regina University’s Expressive and Creative Arts Program). Guest speakers may include NAMI RI, Family Lifestyle Quest life coaching, Yoga instructor, music teachers etc. OMM will be offered again in January 2022


September 23 - December 16, 2021


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JL McCourt Middle School

45 Highland Ave. CumberlandRI  02864

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