With the ball only a few hours away from dropping, The Zine Project is taking a moment to reflect on our amazing year.
- In the last twelve months, 26 homeless young people have graduated our paid, eight week program in spite of harrowing life circumstances.
- They created a total of 27 original zines.
- We helped 20 of them to maintain or better their housing situation.
- And 10 of them have gone on to obtain employment.
In the last year, our youth have also written countless heart wrenching pieces about their lives and limned a gallery of artwork reflecting their creativity.
Our interns also worked hard spreading the word about Youth Homelessness and have advocated to decision makers and community members about the importance of youth employment and youth voice.
Here are 5 Zine Project highlights of 2012:
1.) Zine Meets Mayor McGinn.
2.) The August-October 2012 Zine Group Graduates, delivering devastatingly honest and powerful performances.
3.) Zine Project Murals bring color to urban renewal.
4.) Ziners advocate in Olympia.
5.) Ziners advocate in Seattle.
As we end our year today, we’d like to do some shout outs:
- A big thanks to Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW) for making The Zine Project possible.
- A thanks to Leslie at the New Working Zone for coordinating our consortium of youth employment programs.
- Thanks to Dwight our contract monitor with the City of Seattle.
- Thanks to Erin at CCSWW for reading our youth posts.
Finally, a big thanks to our 43 followers for reading this blog and walking with us as we write and create and change.
Have a Happy New Year and look forward to a 2013 filled with more beauty, truth and creativity from the youth at Zine Project Seattle.