I can't believe it's already September! But you know what they say...time flies when you're having FUN! We've had lots of fun at the club this past month...and the last few days didn't disappoint. On Friday we took the photography group on their first photo excursion to Chinatown. Huni wrote a fantastic blog that I will post separately describing the trip! After Chinatown, I took another group of youth to the Spalding Clubhouse teen dance. Although there weren't as many youth as we had expected, we still managed to have a lot of fun with the teens that were there. Aliamanu operated a photo booth that was just as fun for the staff as it was for the kids!
And then yesterday, Rob & I took 8 LITs to Target to study gender stereotypes. The boys and the girls broke into two teams to take photographs of products that are marketed towards men and women. We used the photos as a discussion tool and it helped the teens to discover different social rules. For example, they realized women are able to be more flexible on the scale between femininity and masculinity, while the rules for men are much more rigid. The girls' group got really into the project and even went so far as to try on a few outfits. Check out the photographs for yourself!
All in all, I think our first month was a huge success and I'm confident that the rest of the year will only get better!
~Natalie Pawluk Moore, Program Director