~ Alex Berry, Assistant Teacher of Creative Arts
Youth without a high school diploma or GED have a 346% higher risk of experiencing homelessness.
We at YouthCare are so excited to be partnering with UCUCC to open a new GED program for the U-District, located in room 105. Our services are available to young people staying in YouthCare’s transitional living programs, and we offer small class sizes with specialized support and instruction.
More than obtaining a GED, we aim to empower students to become informed learners beyond the classroom.
Through a specialized lesson plan rooted in art and social justice, students are taught to be active participants in their learning by using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The curriculum supports UCUCC and YouthCares’ values of social justice by challenging students to think about social systems and injustices in their own lives—and encouraging them to develop their voice to affect change.
We feel so lucky to have our large downstairs space. We have plenty of room to lay out painting supplies, project education videos on the wall, and whiteboard area for math problems. Our location opens us up to field trips to museums at UW and downtown, as well as visits from guest lecturers and community members. The quiet, light-filled room allows youth to focus on learning and creating without the noise and distractions present in many other settings in their lives.
The class is taught by Maggie Meshnick and Alex Berry.
Maggie is a certified teacher with a primary and Special Education background. She believes that everyone is a lifelong learner, and that the goal in the classroom is to build confidence and find the things that spark each person’s passion.
Alex teaches the social justice and arts programming, and is involved in activist-art education through the POC Street Arts program at YouthCare, too. She has her Master’s in Fine Arts and has been working with young people for many years.
Our hours are 1-5pm on Monday through Thursday.
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your space, and please come by and say hi before or after class!