ArtWorks for Youth, South Africa June 17, 2012 - August 26, 2013
Marissa worked with ArtWorks for Youth to assist in developing, implementing, and monitoring a program for young girls in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The organization’s mission is to provide free visual art instruction, mentoring, and academic support to under-served students in South Africa. Three in five of the first sexual experiences girls in South Africa have are not consensual. ArtWorks has subsequently identified the need to develop a program that seeks to support these young women and aid in countering the psychological effects of sexual violence. Marissa spent the first part of the summer researching and consulting experts on best practices related to art therapy and girl-centered programs, and over the course of the summer, worked alongside ArtWorks staff members to facilitate focus groups, conduct a needs assessment for the girls, and ultimately craft an appropriate program aligned with ArtWorks’ mission. Following program implementation, Marissa also helped develop a preliminary monitoring and evaluation system for the program.