High School Students Get Creative With Help From Trinitas Grant

ELIZABETH — The Trinitas Health Foundation recently provided grant funding to Youth Enrichment Services (YES), the school-based program of the Department of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry and the Elizabeth Board of Education, to help students at the John E. Dwyer Technology and Admiral Halsey Leadership Academies of Elizabeth High School follow their creative urges.

Through “Motivations to Change,” they began an artistic journey of personal growth and enrichment designed to encourage them towards a positive future. The entire project was organized, produced and designed by the students themselves.

“Part of the project was to give the students the opportunity to explore their artistic interests and also give them valuable life skills,” explains Cristina Piñeros, ATR, MA, clinician and art therapist of the YES Program, who sought the funding. “During the project, students represented personal obstacles through their artistic expression and also produced and developed the entire project. They worked as a team to gain positive skills such as planning, managing, organizing, and designing.”

The student artwork debuted at a public viewing and reception at the John E. Dwyer ILEAP-Media Center. The talented students also created a video that showcased many of them explaining their creative impulses and the personal experiences that inspired them.


Shown from left are Jacques Gonzales, Vice Principal of John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Lisette Mora, Community Resource Specialist at YES Program, Kathryn Salamone, Manager, Public Relations and Marketing at Trinitas, Cristina Piñeros, ATR,MA Clinician at the YES Program and “Motivations to Change” art project coordinator, students from John E. Dwyer Academy, Christopher Van Vliet, Principal of John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, and Lisa Perry, LCSW, YES Program Director. (Photo courtesy of Trinitas)

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