Monday, October 31, 2011

Career Coaching Session #1: 10/31/2011

Kelly McAvoy meets with her Intern, Rose R.
Intern Vincent L. and Ryan Hellpap pause for a pose.
Coach veteran Sue Huhn works with Aaron C. on career exploration.
Interns Ramon M. and Domonique W. wait for their coaches to arrive with Lead Artist Jon Brown.
Mali Gupta talks it through with Intern Samm G.

Below: Coaching program Coordinator Stan Ho gives us his best "look of evil" for Halloween!

Program Week # 2 by: Kenisha M.

Last week our team accomplished the following:
Monday: The ArtWorks Interns met with our career coaches at ManpowerGroup. They kicked it off by throwing us a pizza party, and we played icebreakers to get to know each other. This task helped us with the skill of working together.

Thursday: The team met back at ArtWorks to discuss ideas about how and who to contact when there is crime and violence going on in the neighborhood. We also were given our first feedback about our performance, when Jon reviewed with us our high and low points on the job. This skill helped us with giving and receiving feedback.

Friday: The Interns met at Art Institute, where we learned how to use a new design program called Illustrator which  we will combine with our Photoshop skills.

This week, our team is going to accomplish the following:
Monday: We will meet with our Career Coaches for topic #1, which will allow us to practice professionalism and collaboration.

Thursday: We will share the crime & violence topic that we picked, we will brainstorm ideas/sketches/collages/etc. of design concepts for this topic, and we will share the questions we will create for the leader in our neighborhood. This will help with creativity & innovation skills, and will get us another point of view about crime & violence in our neighborhoods.

Friday: We will meet back at Art Institute to begin our first draft of our graphic posters, and we will have to present our concept and get feedback about it. That will help with the collaboration skills.

I like the program so far. I like the message its trying to send to the teens.
 Kenisha blogging this post!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Program week # 1 by Domonique W.

Last Week, our team accomplished:
  1. Monday we did an Ice Breaker called the Human Knot. But we couldn't get the problem solved: It turned out to be the number eight. That helped us with our communication and collaboration skills even though we got it wrong. We'll try it again.
  2. Thursday we shared our drugs/violence stories with one another. This helped us sketch out our posters and slogans. We then had a critique on each others ideas.
  3. Friday was our first trip to the Art Institute to practice on Photoshop. For most of us, it was our first time with the software. But some of us were already experienced with Photoshop. Nigeria and Toni were two volunteers from C2Graphics who were more advanced in the program. They were a big help to us.

Week 1: Art Institute of Wisconsin & ManpowerGroup Career Coaching

 The Intern Team @ The Art Institute of Wisconsin. From left: Samm G., Ramon M., Vincent L., Rose R., Aaron C., McKenna L., and Kenisha M. (Not pictured: Domonique W.)
 In the design lab at The Art Institute, learning Photoshop

 Lead Artist Jon Brown with C2 Graphics volunteers Toni (left) and Nigeria (right) work together to teach Photoshop to ArtWorks Interns.

 At ManpowerGroup for the Career Coaching Meet & Greet, led by Pam Brown.
 Pairings of ArtWorks Interns and volunteer Career Coaches were unveiled and the teams rearranged themselves to sit together.

 ArtWorks Intern Vincent L and his ManpowerGroup Career Coach Ryan Hellpap.
 Career Coach Nanji Chandra and his Intern Domonique W. 
Career Coaching Program Coordinator Stan Ho looks on.
 Intern Samm G. (finally!) tolerates a photo with her Manpower Career Coach Mali Gupta.
Pam Brown presents "A Brand Called....YOU!" to the team.
"What can employers count on you CONSISTENTLY to be"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Congratulations to the Intern Team!

153 candidates applied for 8 positions. Congratulations to the Intern team!
1. Aaron C., Shalom High School
2. Samantha G., Ronald Reagan High School
3. McKenna L., Grandview High School
4. Vincent L., South Division High School
5. Ramon M., Tenor High School
6. Kenisha M., Bay View High School
7. Rose R., Grandview High School
8. Domonique W., MATC Adult High School

Program Description:
Thanks to the support of Safe & Sound, ArtWorks will partner with The Art Institute of Wisconsin & C2Graphics in fall 2011 to offer a graphic design program to underserved high school Interns. Under the direction and planning of Lead Artist Jon Brown, Interns will
1. Learn about crime and violence issues that face the 53204 neighborhood (where ArtWorks is physically located) through internet research, advice solicited from a community leader in your neighborhood, and personal experience sharing, all organized by the Lead Artist.
2. Based on themes of information that the Interns identify, they will pick an anti-crime/violence topic from an identified list (Gangs, Guns, Drugs, Youth Violence, etc.)
3. The Interns will work as a team to brainstorm ideas to design various images and slogans to combat the theme they selected, with the audience being their peers and younger youth in the community.
4. These designs will then be used to create a series of print-ready crime intervention posters at the Art Institute’s design lab during a series of 8 Friday night visits. These posters will be printed and distributed to locations throughout the city that serve youth.
While adults do a lot of hard work to deter young people from going down the wrong path, we believe messages created by young people and for young people will be much more effective in encouraging positive change.
omonique W., MATC Adult High School