This year, in light of all the tragic cases of kids being bullied to death in 2010, one of my resolutions is instilling my kids with an extra dose of confidence and self-esteem as they tackle their day. Sure sitting them down and talking it out is one option but, since my kids usually tune me out the minute I try to have a talk with them, what I think works best is engaging them in activities that will arm them with confidence in their own abilities and to help them sharpen their creative skills.
For a great activity that will help arm your kids with confidence, you need to look NO further than Staten Island Out loud; a place where kids can freely express themselvesâ€¦.
Staten Island OutLOUD welcomes youth who love to write, or who want to explore their creative writing potential Staten Island OutLOUD offers free creative writing workshops for ages 10-16 on Saturdays March 12 & 19, at 2pm. Workshops led by poet Laura Hoffman, at the Richmondtown branch library, 200 Clarke Ave, SINY 10306.
If you’ve already done some writing you’re welcome to bring your notebook and share your original poems or stories in our workshops.
And if you’ve never written before, that’s cool. Just show up, and be ready to have fun trying something new. You’ll have a chance to explore different writers and different writing styles. It’s fun and it’s free.
On Saturdays April 9 & 16, Staten Island OutLOUD hosts a free workshop for ages 10-16 – Young Writers OutLOUD. It’s a free workshop in writing and performing kids’ original poems or their favorite classics.
On Saturday April 23, Staten Island OutLOUD hosts a big outdoor Open Mic for young Islanders ages 18 and younger. This will take place in Thompkins Park, on Bay St & Victory Blvd. In case of rain, we’ll move indoors to ETG Book Cafe, where kids can take the stage to read their original poems or their favorite classics.
And throughout the month of April, Staten Island OutLOUD continues its Great Poetry Giveaway – kids and their parents can pick up a free poem-for-your-pocket – a gift from Staten Island OutLOUD – at any Staten Island branch library, at the Conference House Visitors Center, at Historic Richmondtown, at the Greenbelt Nature Center, at Everything Goes Book Cafe, at the SI Museum, and other locations TBA (details will be posted on their website in late March)
And from now through April 20, Staten Island OutLOUD welcomes kids to email us their original poems, which we’ll post on our website and Facebook Page (with parents’ permission).
Details on their website, www.statenislandoutloud.org, and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StatenIslandOutLOUD