OLD POST: Cover photo from the 2017 Programme
SUMMER HEROEOS 2018 – soon to be branded SUPER ME
Summer Heroes is a social enterprise operating since 2012, offering free professional creative services to children and young people from underserved communities. Funds and in-kind donations are sought for our annual programme, as well as our ongoing outreach activities and is part supported by Trinidad Home Studio Ltd. Both are initiatives formed by artist Jaime Lee Loy.
Each year SUMMER HEROES (SH) selects a group of children to work with, and the recipients are typically children who have been nominated for our ‘art as self-therapy’ programme. Through our unique curriculum we promote self-esteem, social responsibility, leadership and creativity as a tool for confronting adversity.
In 2018 we will be facilitating 15 children between the ages of 6 and 12 from the Buccoo Community, Tobago. The Yahweh Foundation will be assisting with transport and meals for the children. We have already secured accommodations and flights for teachers and need to raise funds mainly for the reimbursement of flights, meals for teachers and core staff, materials and transport within Tobago for staff and visiting professionals to and from the airport to the centre.
SUMMER HEROES hires and works with a network of professionals and artists (including an art therapist) for it’s various activities, and although we designed our own curriculum, we tailor it each year to suit the unique needs of our working group. Please see below for the outline of the 2018 Workshop.
Date: August 27th to August 30th (intense full day camp 10am to 3pm)
Number of child participants: 15
Selected Group: Children selected by the Yahweh Foundation from the Buccoo Community
Ages: 6 to 12, also accommodating a participant aged 4 and 2 at ages 15.
Location: Buccoo Community Centre
Cost paid by our invitees/children: FREE
Director/Artist and Project Lead: Jaime Lee Loy
Visiting Licensed Art Therapist and Psychotherapist: Sian MacLean
Lead Volunteer for Tobago: Petra Mc Leod
Special thanks to Penelope Camps. She is the Founder and Director of the Yahweh Foundation and a speech and language pathologist.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE 2018 CURRICULUM
This workshop will have a unique approach to inventing the personal superhero avatar. The children will be inventing their own legendary character, similar to a local folklore character such as Papa Bois, the protector of the forest. With a visit from marine biologist Anjani Ganase who will be speaking about the importance of coral reefs and their preservation, and in recognizing 2018 as the IYOR (The International Year of The Reef), the children will be asked to focus on their local environment when crafting their superhero/folklore characters and their powers.
They will be visited and sessions will be facilitated by an art therapist, character development professionals, and creatives such as a comic artist, and a motivational speaker from a local NGO. As with out other workshops they will also have professionals visit for dance, drama and other activities.
The workshops usually incorporates character development, creative activities, art therapy exercises (psychology focus), and learning, as well as a fun activity that is in the arts but not related to the curriculum – for example, stilt walking, dance, drama – all towards a more holistic approach to the camp and experience.
Over the last 5 years we have worked with over 40 professionals and organizations collectively.
SUMMER HEROES documents and records artwork but the children/participants all keep their creations and it remains their physical property.
Visiting Professionals currently booked for 2018
– If we secure more funding we can secure more of our visiting teachers and professionals. These professionals are booked and flights confirmed.
Sian MacLean – Art Therapist
Anjani Ganase – Marine Biologist
Muhammed Muwakil – Freetown Collective
Christopher Riley – Three Quarter Comics – Cartoon Artist
Giselle Mendez – The Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago VCTT – Speaker
ELLE NYTT – Dance and Drama with Adrian Daniel and Karian Forde
Jeunanne Alkins – Local Author and Designer
To contribute towards this project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jaime Lee Loy at 771 4113 or 221 2840. Immediate funds will be allocated to airfares to Tobago for our professionals, volunteer and staff and their meals and local transport to and from the workshops.