The Empowerment Factory (TEF) in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is offering free elementary youth art classes, from July through early August. These fun, free classes combine art, science, reading, and social-emotional learning. Each participating child will receive a creativity kit to accompany classes taught by The Empowerment Factory team.
Starting May 17, all Rhode Island elementary students are eligible to register for up to 4 summer sessions (series of classes). The dates and details are provided below). Space is limited. Families can visit www.empowermentfactory.org/free-art-adventures and sign up now. Families can visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGrDNQr8UdvDNZyEL49TzNQ for a tutorial on how to sign up.
Please note each student is eligible to register for 4 sessions only. As a Rhode Island nonprofit, TEF encourages families to register ONLY for classes they can commit to attending, since RIDE’s funding structure is tied to actual attendance.
Courses include in-person, indoor/outdoor “Reading Adventures,” remote-learning “Nature Drawing: Endangered Animals” and “Nature Drawing: RI Animals,” and in-person, outdoor “Art in the Park.”
The Empowerment Factory Presents: The Magician Simon Ryan
On May 27 at 6 p.m The Empowerment Factory will be hosting a virtual magic show to introduce our summer programming. Simon Ryan, performing from Dublin, Ireland, will join us for a magical night. This event is free and open to the public. For the link, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-empowerment-factory-presents-the-magician-simon-ryan-tickets-155862582179
Adapting to serve students throughout the COVID Pandemic
Pawtucket-based since 2014, The Empowerment Factory quickly adapted its popular and unique afterschool programs to provide virtual and Covid-safe creativity programs that build self-esteem and resiliency through social-emotional learning curricula.
Last summer, families enthusiastically welcomed TEF’s Art in the Park program, which was adapted to keep students safe while engaging them socially.
“We told jokes, read books, and created art, but most importantly we made happy memories of joy and laughter, as well as new friends,” said artist and TEF Founder-Director Gail Ahlers.
The Coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need for enriching programming that focuses on students’ well-being. The Empowerment Factory is again readying for unprecedented demand and wishes to serve even more at-risk students.
“Teaching at-risk children the skills they need to lead happier, healthier, more empowered lives are especially appreciated by children and their parents during these challenging times,” Ahlers said. “We’d like to thank our program partners and sponsors that have helped to fund the development and delivery of virtual (and COVID-compliant in-person) programs for more at-risk children in Rhode Island.”
The Empowerment Factory (TEF) is dedicated to giving children the skills they need to lead happier, healthier, more empowered lives. We focus on three areas of development: creativity, self-esteem, and civic pride. Our Creative Squad programs blend social emotional learning (SEL), art, literacy, and environmental education. TEF provides children with the skills to be successful in school and in life. TEF wants every child to feel that they matter and can make a difference in the world. Our vision is for all children to have the confidence to effectively express themselves and be actively and positively engaged in our communities.
Founded by Gail Ahlers, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2014, TEF has designed and delivered enrichment programs that have proven to be transformational for RI youth. Partnering with schools and youth organizations, TEF has conducted 70+ afterschool and summer learning programs, positively impacted more than 4,600 urban youth, 90 percent from underserved communities. TEF serves low-income, under-resourced communities, concentrating specifically on the Title 1 schools in Rhode Island’s urban core cities.
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