Wright Library’s youth services and the GEM Project (Goal Everyone Matters) team up for a focus on wellness this August.
The GEM Project provides high school students an opportunity to artistically express their support for those experiencing depressive thoughts or thoughts of self-harm.
“According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34,” said Jacqui Taylor, youth services coordinator at Wright Library.
Wright library will exhibit selected pieces from the project and host two related events for families and teens during August.
"The purpose of the art exhibit and programs is to help folks feel more connected to their community by showing all the love that local teen artists demonstrate in their artworks for their peers and to bring hope and encouragement to the heart of those who may be hurting," Taylor said.
Suicide Prevention Art Exhibit – Aug. 1-31
Four panels of artwork created by regional teens for The 2022 GEM Project Art Contest will be on display throughout Wright Library.
Painting Positivity - Mon., Aug. 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
Bring positivity to your child’s forefront at this drop-in painting program. The library will supply canvases and paint for children, teens, and accompanying adults.
Teen Tea Room – Wed., Aug. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 7-12 can stop in after school for a variety of tea, snacks, with time to talk, breathe, and relax.