Elevating the Voice of Grieving Teens

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October 2, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1 hour)
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Presentation Description

Do you work with middle or high school students grieving the loss of a loved one? Are you interested in learning how teens can creatively express their feelings during this vulnerable moment in their lives? Grief is a difficult journey, but having a creative outlet can provide a safe space. For teens trying to make peace with the loss of a parent, a teacher, a caregiver, or even a friend, finding ways to express bereavement can open a door to healing. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the New York Life Foundation have created a special partnership to encourage bereaved teens in grades 7–12 grade students to create original works of art or writing that explore their responses to a range of grief and emotion. Workshop participants are invited to learn more about the partnership between the Scholastic Awards and New York Life; the opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships the Scholastic Awards provides; and the special opportunity available to creative teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Come learn more about the program and best practices for planning and implementing a creative art/writing workshop with grieving teens.

About the Presenter


Tendo Mutanda, Senior Program Manager at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Tendo Mutanda initially arrived in New York City as a Teach for America corps member. She served as a bilingual teacher for the NYC public school system working with elementary and middle school youth before transitioning to private educational settings abroad and in the U.S. where she continued her work with English language learners. During her tenure as an educator, she was especially successful integrating the arts into classroom instruction and teaching the craft of informational and creative writing. After several years of teaching, Tendo transitioned out of the classroom into program management. She currently serves as a Senior Program Manager at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Dina Abdulhadi is a Special Projects Coordinator at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She helps with programming that the Awards coordinates with partner organizations, including the New York Life Foundation, in order to meet the specific needs of students. Previously, she has worked in communications and outreach for several environmental organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

Lawson Marlowe has worked with numerous non-profit organizations and as a freelance web developer to give arts and science education to the masses with new and exciting technologies. Before that, Lawson helped kids get a free preschool education with Los Angeles Universal Preschool, then worked as the Senior Archivist for International Arbitration Judge Howard M. Holtzmann. He then began developing apps with Red Button LLC to help people from different political and cultural backgrounds communicate peacefully with one another. Today, Lawson is the Senior Manager, Web & Information Services at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Continuing Education credit is not available for this presentation