Kids Share Workshops (KSW) Therapeutic Writing Curriculum (Storybridge) is the workshop’s primary focus. Child Therapists, Social Workers, Educators, and Kristina Applegate, founder, designed the curriculum in three parts with various custom themes. Children are instructed to write first about the ending of their story, next middle, and finally the beginning. The results are always inspiring! Please read below about other workshop activities.


KSW’s Therapeutic Art Projects (Paper-Art, Abstract Portraits, and Co-Created Murals) are the workshop’s primary art focus. Kristina Applegate, the founder, came up with the idea inspired by Eric Carle, author and illustrator of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” She wanted to share a cultural immersion experience by bringing together children from the USA with their foreign counterparts. Art, coupled with writing, seemed like a fantastic transferable way for youth to connect from around the globe. Students learn to co-create beautiful designs used in their artwork, much like Eric Carle’s designs. Kristina’s professional illustrations and art-directed community pieces incorporate the children’s paper art from worldwide Kids Share Workshops!


Overview

Kids Share Workshop’s focus is helping youth come together in a cultural immersion experience with creative team-building skills that empower students and positively impact lives and their community. Custom-created projects are designed while building a published book together. Some of the tasks we help facilitate: creating a published book as authors and artists, photography, film introduction, job development, and community art installations. All of these activities help young people feel empowered about their future.

Leadership projects help youth work together as team leaders. Within the safety of school grounds and community environment, a student-run cooperative is established, developed, and monitored by community volunteers and the Kids Share Workshops team. We focus on issues concerning youth and young adults worldwide. The following are examples; Climate Change, Poverty, Conflict, Corruption, Migration, Unemployment, Discrimination, Fake News, Technology, Education, Civil Rights, Health. 

The sustainable Kids Share Workshops curriculum includes carefully designed instructions and tools. It can be quickly followed to completion by youth and adult supervisors through picture diagrams with different languages, allowing our curriculum to be independently taught with the assistance of our team. We can teach remotely via classroom platforms or in person. The result is a uniquely published book, beautiful illustrations, a community art installation, and an independent short film. The printed book acts as a resume and a reminder of empowerment through teamwork!


Funding

Kids Share Workshops (KSW) is an independently funded organization. KSW works with small to large nonprofits, other youth-for-profit organizations, and for-profit companies as a contracted team. We work with volunteers, and often our paid contractors volunteer time. Our mission to expand our workshops depends on larger organizations to include Kids Share Workshops in their “library” of programs offered to youth worldwide. Kids Share Workshops has active Go-Fund-Me pages to help raise workshop costs, including; independent book publishing, volunteer expense, and snacks/meals for the students. 


Mission Statement

Since 2008 Kids Share, Workshop’s mission has always been to inspire and empower youth by working cross-culturally together, sharing lives and communities through therapeutic Story-Bridge storytelling, the creative arts, filmmaking and, community leadership projects. Our focus is on storytelling and the arts for social change.

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