Mentoring and Befriending
In March, CTN printed an emotional story about the bonding between Palisades High School students and local residents, 60+ (click here.)
Sages and Seekers pairs a high school teen with a senior citizen. They listen and share ideas and life with each other and by the end of the eight-week program, a strong bond and connection has been established.
Results of our one-year study funded by the National Endowment for the Arts showed that Sages & Seekers intergenerational storytelling intervention increased adolescents’ reported sense of social connectedness, psychological wellbeing, and purpose-in- life, and especially so for participants with the lowest initial levels.
Those in the PaliHi program spoke about fear, courage, and “it’s a choice to regret something.” The Sages provided their experiences, which in some cases was a lifetime of tradeoffs, and also emphasized the importance of family.
Sages also provided encouragement. One told her Seeker, “You are the sweetest, smartest person and I can’t wait to see what you do in life.”
Enrollment is now open for this free program. There are three sessions: fall (September 25 to November 16), winter (January 22 to March 14) and spring (April 15 to May 30), and each session runs about an hour. The deadline to enroll for the fall session is September 8 https://www.sagesandseekers.org/enroll.html
Painting with Martha Mead
Local artist Martha Mead will once again be in residence at the Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. This free class was held twice during the summer and is back by popular demand. Under Mead’s tutelage, participants will paint with acrylics on canvas, and the students will be able to take home their work.
Mead, who works primarily in oils on canvas is a member of the Pacific Palisades Art Association. The library noted: “We are trying to expand access to this class by giving priority to those who have not taken any of the prior classes. There is room on that list for more signups. Please call, stop by or email email@example.com to be put on the priority list or, if you have taken the class before, you can be put on the waiting list for returning students.”
Happy Hour with The People Concern
One might ask how raising funds for The People Concern can be called a Happy Hour? Come over to The Draycott and find out on Friday, August 18, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The lovely restaurant, located off the little lawn in the Palisades Village, is hosting a Happy Hour with People Concern CEO John Maceri. Treat yourself to cocktails and appetizers while chatting with Maceri. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to the People Concern.
If you can’t make it Friday, throughout the entire month of August, The Draycott will donate 10% of Happy Hour proceeds to support the mission of housing the homeless. Happy Hour is weekdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.