Mindfulness is Not Necessarily Meditation: a parent session plus family art
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, without judgement. Mindfulness helps slow things down so that we can be more intentional and responsive, instead of reacting. Join this session to explore mindfulness practice tips and ways that to be mindful without always having to “do” mindfulness. Included in the session is a simple art project for the whole family. Supplies available if needed. Presented by Young & Healthy. Register at https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=4171
Join the USC PAM Teen Ambassadors in a virtual workshop designed to help you manage stress and clear your mind! Teaching artist Kabir Singh will guide you through a mindful meditation centered on looking at artwork in the museum’s collection followed by a writing activity. Learn to center your mind to better get though the rest of the week (and school year!). For ages 13-18. Register at https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=4160
Create your own ink wash painting inspired by Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This tutorial was created and taught by teen volunteer Kasey. Supplies available for pickup at Central Library if needed.
For ages 17-19. Complete a 3-part workshop series (Saturdays, 5/8-5/22) to earn a certification as a Homegrown Leader. Hear from local organizations across science, art, technology, municipal services, and community services about what' s driving their industries. Discover how to lead from your strengths with a facilitated leadership development curriculum. Work alongside peers and community leaders on issues that affect our city. For more information, see FLYER.
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
review by Sam Redfearn, age 14
When You Look Like Us is a story told from the perspective of African American high schooler, Jayson Murphy. He lives with his grandmother in a neighborhood that is generally considered to be the “bad part of town,” and throughout the book, Jay’s times of need are overshadowed by the constant torment of knowing that even his classmates would judge him if they knew where he lived. Early on in the story, Jay’s sister, Nicole, goes missing, and the book is the story of him trying to bring his sister home safely. In addition to trying to find his sister, he battles taking care of himself and his grandmother, MiMi, and feeling responsible for Nicole having gone missing to begin with. He also deals with a lot of stereotypes being applied to him- near the beginning of the story, he gets beaten up and is asked multiple times whether he was involved in fights, or beating up others with his ‘crew’. Desperate, upset, and simply trying to bring his sister home, Jay has to have a lot of resilience in order to navigate these situations. ...