Brushwood Center worked with Colunga, a long-time community advocate who leads the Round Lake Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee, to facilitate a free, virtual bilingual Bird Camp for 20 Round Lake students through a pilot program with Environment for the Americas and the USDA Forest Service International Programs. The camp connected participating Latinx students with ornithologists and bird guides in Central and South America.
“By partnering with local teaching artists and community leaders, we aim to provide our students with the tools they need to navigate mental health crises, as well as help them recognize the power they already have to solve the complex issues facing our communities and environment,” Abboud added.
These activities include poetry, visual arts, and digital artwork created through open-source coding platforms. Students will create a final project that explores their journey with stress, what gives them hope, and what they want to change as our future leaders.
Thanks to support from Illinois Humanities, Brushwood Center commissioned ethnographer Carla Aldana and illustrator Janet McDonnell to document stories of community resilience in Lake County. The above illustrations feature the story and perspective of Maria Colunga.
This blog is written by the staff and partners of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods