>WIA Youth Participate in “heART 4 Sudan”

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Christy Riley is beginning her painting by
testing the colors she plans to use
Part of the education within the WIA (Work Investment Act) Youth Program – Darke County is to help the youth learn about community involvement and how they can become a greater service to their community. The WIA Youth Program encourages service learning. It enables the participants to discover a deeper understanding of themselves, while learning they can have a strong impact in their community through organized community service experiences.

Michelle Miller-Elliott, youth service coordinator for the WIA Youth Program said, “Serving others helps the participants get out of their comfort zone, increases their awareness of themselves and a consciousness of what is going on around them. It encourages a greater understanding of real-world issues and social problems; it grows their civic responsibility and caring about others. They learn that everyone has challenges and they are an important part of the equation in helping others. This realization that all people struggle, we all need others and can learn to overcome challenges… is priceless. The youth are a valuable part of our community, and to be part of something greater than ourselves is exciting.”

During leadership group meetings, participants discussed different ways they can dedicate themselves during this holiday season, ways to become “part of the solution” and make their community and the world around them a better place. The first project they chose to be involved with this year is the “heART 4 Sudan” project through Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City. In this project area artists donate a piece of their artwork, which is then displayed for sale throughout the holiday season at the Ginghamsburg Church Main Campus Lobby.

The church is offering all the art for sale with 100% of the purchase price going to The Sudan Project. The Sudan Project is an organization that provides sustainable agriculture, clean water, and education to tens of thousands of people in the Darfur region of Sudan, which has been identified as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

The WIA youth used their creativity and talents and donated 10 paintings to Ginghamsburg Church. During the first two weeks of the sale the church sold a total of 12 art items with a total more than $2,000 to be donated to the Sudan Project.
If you would like to be involved by purchasing a painting and supporting the “heART 4 Sudan” project, all the community paintings are currently on display at the Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25A, Tipp City, OH; for more information about times call (937) 667-1069.
The WIA Youth Program – Darke County and Gateway are programs of the Council on Rural Services… programs for innovative learning; a non-profit human service agency that administers grants and programs in nine counties. For more information about our efforts and mission, check the web site at http://www.councilonruralservices.org/ , also become a fan of Council on Rural Services on Facebook.
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