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Momi commented on Lucy's KidCorps: Healing through Helping

Hi Beecher! - Thanks so much for sharing your project with the Children's Wellbeing Initiative. I love that this project emphasizes that the interaction between the students and children with cancer is mutually beneficial, it prevents the illusion of the students being the saviors. 

A few thoughts to keep in mind as you continue to share your project here and elsewhere: Are you partnerships with schools renewed? Or are they just a onetime interaction? It would be really cool to show that the inspiration the students felt after their first year of participation could translate into an initiative to continue their relationship with the program. 

Thanks again for sharing! 

Hi Heather - Thanks so much for sharing your project with the Children's Wellbeing Initiative! From what I gather your project provides a space for at-risk youth to engage in dance, a constructive outlet for expression, communication, and individuality. I like how clearly you laid out your current impact and the fact that your program integrates original contributions by participants and teamwork. 

Some thoughts to keep in mind as you continue to share your work here and elsewhere: a.) Does this program cost money to participants? b.) You mention that 100% of your participants move on to graduate high school and gain admission to college. Do you think this can be a attributed to your program? If so, elaborate on why you believe this. c.) Does this program ever engage with the community to reshape the community's view of these children as talented and highly productive dancers? For example, performing local shows? 

Thanks again for sharing! 

Hi Lynn - Thanks so much for sharing your work with the Children's Wellbeing Initiative. I'm newer to the realm of Wellbeing, but from what I can gather, your project serves to create a safe space for children dealing with adversity to grow through the arts and supportive relationships. I love the idea of using the arts and community as a venue for reflection, growth, acceptance, and expression. 

A few questions and concerns that you might want to consider addressing: a.) The response to the first question could be made a little clearer. Did Kelly get to participate in creating art or did she just get to see Eleanor's? b.) How many students did you serve in your first year of running? This helps make your impact and impact potential clearer to readers.        Thanks again for sharing!