Need: Partner for Fulbrigh/Peace/Art/Literacy Program, India
My name is Staci Martin. I am a Korean American woman interested in writing a Fulbright to India. I have a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, Graphic Design, Arts and Letters and Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology form Portland State University.
In 2001, I developed a violence prevention program in Diepsloot Informal Settlement, South Africa funded by General Board of Global Ministries Women's Division and Episcopal-Methodist Aid Society. Nthabiseng ("make me happy" in Sesotho) program is currently running through a local NGO and in its 8 year.
It has been 8 years and I have been traveling around the world (Asia, Middle East, Caribbean). I am based in Portland, Oregon. A month and half ago, I developed and implemented another violence prevention/literacy program in Jamaica. It is called, Irie ("alright" in Jamaican) LitART Violence Prevention program. I am currently working with the Jamaica's Ministry of Education to secure funding for a local position.
I have already proven that this program is transferable globally, however I would love the opportunity to expand my learning, using the same core values and ultimate flexibility see how adaptable the program is to girls and young women and lastly doing these cross-cultural exchanges will help me understand more about this world we all live in.
Strategic Objective: Violence Prevention Project is a program that works with girls and young women using the arts and literacy to strengthen the participant’s personal voice and opens discourse for other alternative pro-social ways of reducing violence in schools and the greater communities. Through training local facilitators, it is hoped that this program will be expanded to other communities. This program is three-fold:
* To support the fundamental right of a child’s voice in the classroom, community and the world around them;
* To promote literacy through the use of story-telling, rewriting a new story and presenting stories to peers;
* To create a place of safety for the participant to express their feelings using art.
If you have any suggestions or possible partners, please contact me. Thanks! Go well, Staci