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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I AM ART is a voice of hope and healing.
In the message below, Sara Salguero, Executive International Relations Coordinator for FOCE / FUNPRONI, shares insight into I AM ART’s impact on the lives of children and staff of Casa Bernabe.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=””][mk_image src=”https://athentikos.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Casa_B_Voice.jpg”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Overall, I would say the I AM ART camp experience was amazing. I saw our kids getting to use talents and gifts that I don’t think they even knew they had.
I saw some of our youth step up and lead their groups well, even though they had been youth that had been labeled as “rebellious” in the past. Kids are kids, and some initially complained about not getting to be in the workshop of their choice. But throughout the week, the kids ended up loving their workshop and their leaders. And, honestly I think that was the key … the leaders. Athentikos found, prepared, brought individuals who were passionate about their art and passionate about our kids. The I AM ART Team led our kids well and set an example of how God didn’t make any mistakes when he made us. He equipped us and gifted us just as we are. Sometimes it just takes a little extra work finding out what those things are. The Athentikos I AM ART team poured into our kids, loved them, blessed them, and honored them through the process. This motivated our kids to keep going and not give up.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_blockquote font_family=”Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua, Palatino, serif” font_type=”safefont”]Your team poured into them, loved them, blessed them, and honored them through the process.[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Many of our staff members expressed how impressed they were with I AM ART. They saw their kids interacting with the I AM ART team, full of joy and life and FUN, as they were engaged in their workshops, and then especially on the final day of presenting their art. Many staff asked if this will be a yearly event because they were so excited at what they saw in their kids … and because they have little ones now asking when it will be their turn![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”6567″ img_size=”300×250″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_blockquote font_family=”Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua, Palatino, serif” font_type=”safefont”]I AM ART camp gave our kids a voice … a voice that maybe they didn’t even know they had.[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”6637″ img_size=”300×250″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]I have seen our kids more involved, more active, and just participating overall more in all the activities since I AM ART. I have seen new faces singing on Sundays during church. I have seen more creativity in drawing. I have seen new members join the dance group. I have seen more engagement from our kids and youth overall. The mural is like their crown from the I AM ART camp. They share about it and show it with joy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_blockquote font_family=”Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua, Palatino, serif” font_type=”safefont”]You all found, prepared, brought individuals who were passionate about their art and passionate about our kids.[/mk_blockquote][vc_column_text]Athentikos I AM ART gave our kids a voice … a voice that maybe they didn’t even know they had. They were able to express themselves in new ways, and suddenly it didn’t matter if they weren’t the best in school or the best on the soccer field. They could do THEIR thing, and that was enough. I know so many of them would love the opportunity to continue to learn and grow and finish what they started that week. I AM ART was such a gift to our community and I am so thankful that it is exists. God is using the Athentikos I AM ART team in mighty and powerful ways!
Sara Salguero
Executive International Relations Coordinator
FOCE/FUNPRONI
www.foce.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_button dimension=”flat” corner_style=”rounded” size=”large” url=”https://athentikos.com/iamart” fullwidth=”true” bg_color=”#dd3333″ btn_hover_bg=”#dd9933″]Click here to explore current I AM ART Opportunities.[/mk_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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