UHL students create creative program

Crafting Yourself promotes self worth to middle school students

February 26, 2014

Students at CU Denver have stepped up to serve a segment of our greater community.

This semester, University Honors and Leadership (UHL) students, Pratibha Anand, Anna Astashchanka, Adam Blair, Mirissa Price, and Miriam Sarwana, established a partnership with a Denver Public Schools middle school. Their effort, Crafting Yourself, is to engage students in an after-school creative environment that demonstrates and cultivates the importance of self awareness and appreciation.

Starting in January, the program settled in at the STRIVE Prep Lake Campus. “We selected STRIVE Prep Lake Campus, as the population is largely minority and on free and reduced lunch; this location is thus truly appreciative of the volunteer program,” said Price. “Further, the students at STRIVE Prep do not currently have a fine arts curriculum, enabling Crafting Yourself to dually offer a creative outlet and a personal development program in a single, enjoyable format.”

The program aims to provide comfort with and appreciation for social and emotional wellness at a young age, where adolescence seems to amplify insecurities and problems with self identity.

Young students enrolled in Crafting Yourself attend a one-hour session after school once a week, where they are challenged in a variety of activities to interpret their relationships with other students, their situations, and themselves. Following the activity, the students are asked to discuss and evaluate the activity of the day, and how it has, or hasn’t, changed their perspectives.