Read the article 'How the light gets in' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. What are your hobbies? What sort of art and music do you like to participate in?
2. How do you express yourself or de-stress when you or your family is going through a difficult time?
3. What are some struggles young people face?
4. What does ‘at-risk’ mean? What do you think would make young people ‘at-risk’?
5. Why do you think art and music would engage at-risk youth?
6. Why is it important to have a program that can help young people from 15 to 28 years old?
1. Helping at-risk youth: In groups of three or four, research online organisations that reach out to at-risk youths in Australia. Then, pick one organisation and write up a short presentation on it. What is the organization’s focus? Whom do they specifically help? How do they help them?
Then compare and contrast this program to the Jesuit Social Services’ Artful Dodger program. How are they similar? What makes them different?
Each group can then share their presentation with the class.
2. Your own Artful Dodger Studio: Break up into groups, pairs or work alone on this activity. Choose any art form (e.g., music, dance, painting, drawing, writing, poetry, etc.) to share about your life, hopes, struggles or anything.
Students can either video record their performance or presentation, or perform it live for their class.
For younger students
Talent show: Teachers can read or summarise the article for their class. Then teachers can lead a classroom discussion about what makes young people at-risk and why organizations like the Artful Dodger Studio help at-risk youths. Ask the class: How their Catholic faith helps them through difficult times? Do they ever use art to express their faith or feelings? What are their talents?
Then organise and host a talent show for your class or school sharing your class’s talent!