Hays-Porter Helping Hands Club!
One minute, we're repeating I am light. The next minute, we're addressing neighborhood blight.
In May of 2017, I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of 3rd and 4th graders at Hays-Porter School in the West End. The West End is a neighborhood that is near to my hear and it the same place where I held the 2015 youth summit that I organized. This opportunity came to me about a month before because the school has an afterschool program that continues enrichment activities for students throughout the early summer months. I was given two time slots for a total of three days over the course of two weeks. Plenty of time to take over the world! I proposed facilitating kids yoga and an activity that I called "Mindful Communities." I din't know that I would have the same group of students for each our but it worked out perfectly. I usually have a general plan but I leave room for change based on who arrives and what the group dynamic is like. Because I had the kids back-to-back, I was able to implement my Heal 'N Build Method. This method consists of me doing a yoga and or mindfulness activity first and follow it up with more off the mat yoga, service to the community.
They loved the yoga and I know their language... MOANA! They eat up the soundtrack like candy and I tell stories with poses to go along with each song.