Message Sent is a video created by the students of Yo Puedo based on a comic by Shi Briggs regarding the repercussions of sexting.
Here are the students’ masterpieces.
A collection of the artwork.
Title: “Shared Memories”
Title: “Future Love”
The art was created by a dedicated group of Yo Puedo students from various Grand Rapids Public Schools.
The students worked with artist, Alynn Guerra, throughout the week. First the students sketched images they wanted to print.
The students worked very hard on their sketches.
Then the students copied their sketches onto linoleum print blocks.
Next the students had to carve their pictures out of the print blocks.
Carving out the pictures took a lot of time and attention to detail.
The students rolled ink on their carvings before putting them through the print press.
The students learned from Alynn how to put their art through the manual print press.
The students displaying some of their artwork.
We created art in a sweet studio located downtown Grand Rapids. It was an old factory that has been refurbished into art studios.
After entering the building, we had to climb up a rather hidden stairway. (There was also an elevator if we needed it.)
The entrance into the studio was a big red door.
Yo Puedo is a year long program for Latino youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Yo Puedo students attend weekly meetings, learn about different topics like college admission requirements, drug and alcohol prevention, healthy relationship skills (Safe Dates Program), Latino culture, and lots of other things. Students work on community projects, visit local colleges, and attend social events together. Each year, Yo Puedo does a spring break project. This year’s spring break project had the theme of dating violence prevention and students used the Photovoice model to visually express their feelings about violence in relationships. To come up with themes and ideas for the Photovoice project, Yo Puedo students brainstormed a list of words that they would use to describe the good and bad parts of being in a dating relationship. They used this list of words as the themes in many of their photographs.
Negative word associations with relationships:
The students also came up with a list of positive word associations about relationships.
- Learning from mistakes
This window represents freedom. Freedom from a bad relationship. There is always a way out.