Inside the MICA Student’s Brain’s

Spring…semester that is, has sprung! The first day back to classes in 2018, and no high school students. NO! They’re not gone, just had midterms. I hope they studied hard, and did great on them!!! The day shifted due to not having our high school counterparts, yet still a great day. 

Let’s read what the MICA Students had to say:

Logic models are really great to use and I look forward to applying them in future programming.

I enjoyed the article we read about Empathy in Education.  I like reflecting about past experiences.

I thought there was great dialogue today. Everyone shared and was critical.




StayCation Success!

Our Holiday Fundraiser was a hit!

I enjoyed having the Dream House full of family, friends, and supporters. 

It was really amazing to watch the turn out, as the students worked so hard to make it happen. I am so proud of BOTH the high school students, and MICA students!!



The time will come for more events and opportunities for people to join the fun, learning, bonding taking place inside the Dream House—AGAIN!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Prepare. Create. Apply. Evaluate.

Ms. K prepared so much for class today and it was mind blowing. She had all of the stations prepared so all we had to do was execute them. Cam, Catherine and I worked on the mailbox and everyone throughout the house was working on something. There was great energy throughout the house. Most of us got everything done. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken if Jessica and Ms. K did all of that themselves…and they had no reason to do it by themselves! We all worked together to get the idea/theme and all the work and details are coming now. We got a lot of them done today and I am sure we will have some time to finish them next Monday. Still pretty bummed I can’t come to the fundraiser, but I know it will be successful…once we all share and get people to buy tickets!

It was interesting observing Nacho lead class again today. Her energy is quite opposite of Ms. K and I noticed some of the high schoolers getting sleepy. Nacho is much quieter. Nothing against her, it’s just how she speaks, much more calmly. I hope they got something out of what we did. I am finding a bit of difficulty making the connection of learning about icons and what we are working on now (especially with the fundraiser). I think it is great for the high schoolers as learning designers, but I am struggling to find the connection with “why now?” I think it’s great, just lacking the why for now.

I hope the fundraiser is a success. I think it was very ambitious for us to throw one together in just a few weeks, and it is coming to fruition! SO much planning, but I think it’s working. On another note, I love how we open class. Morning pages and mindfulness is really great. I wish we had something like this when I was in high school. It seems the high schoolers enjoy it and are all for it. I am sure some high schoolers hate it, but it seems like this bunch is gaining a lot from it. My co-teacher at Access Art tried implementing this with our Youth Assistants. We did it once and it seemed to go really well! They thought it was strange, but everyone participated. We haven’t kept up with it, in part because we probably just forgot since we are not used to doing it, but I think it’s a great idea. Middle schoolers are a bit of a challenge, but with a smaller group it worked well. If I become a teacher in the future, I would love to implement this tactic.


-Jessie (MICA student)

Guest Facilitator for of the Day

  • Career Day
  • Bring your child to work day
  • Inside out day
  • Election day
  • Crazy hat day
  • Pay day

What about ‘Let’s plan the YD’s Holiday Fundraiser w/Jess day‘?

For the last three months, I’ve been the quiet mouse, sitting in on class. I usually blend into the students, or I am off to the side doing work on my laptop.

BUT!!! Today, I was able to join the class 🙂

No matter where I am w/ a fellow YD or what I am doing for the YD’s I am learning and growing. Although, I stood in front out the group and guides discussions and flushed out ideas, I felt like I was in project class all over again. As mentioned before the work the Creativity in Community students are doing models the lessons taught to older Youth Dreamers.

I appreciate the students, both grad and high school for being respectful and making the most of our time together. We were able to share many ideas, and complete a proposal for the Holiday party’s theme and activities.

The date has been set, and the part will take place on Dec. 14th at the Dream House!  The following link will provide more details and ticket options.  Hope to see you there!!!

Despite my day time with the group being short…this was great practice as in a few years I hope to become a college professor.


Morning Pages in the Afternoon!!

IMG_1018Baltimore City Public Schools were closed last Monday 😦 So today led to double duty. The MICA grad students met alone Monday morning, but our Patterson friends arrived in the afternoon. 

While the MICA students were able to do morning and afternoon pages, the Patterson High School students still got their time to write/draw/scribble…clear their mind. 

Our afternoon pages come after our mindfulness moments which are both very relaxing. Although, both techniques clear out the students mind they both are thought provoking. 

I’d suggest you purchase a journal and spend 3 minutes writing!

Please comment if you have any questions or concerns about our mindfulness and morning pages techniques.