SYF on the Road: Seeing Orange in SoCal

In Westminster, CA at the heart of Orange County, the color
orange is everywhere.  But at Simon Youth
Academy at Westminster Mall, the Power of Orange is an unmistakable force in
the classroom. 
Our academies span from coast to coast, and each one has a
character as distinct as the city it calls home. In Westminster, that character
is defined in large part by the artistic talents of students. From studio art
to crafts for local charitable causes, teachers at Westminster have artfully incorporated
their students’ interests into the academic setting in a way that enhances education. 

Student artwork lines the walls in a conventional display of
incredible talent.  But art lives in an
unexpected way too: nearly every student knits. Capitalizing on this passion for
creating fashion, students have begun knitting colorful caps for cancer
patients at a local hospital as an academy-wide service project.

Teachers and students alike at
Westminster maintain a keen focus on academic achievement, but they share an
understanding that that art can play an important role in education. Reading,
writing, and solving mathematical equations can work in tandem with drawing,
painting and playing a musical instrument as keys to unlocking opportunity.

About the Author

Eric Chamberlain
is the SYF Major Gifts Officer
, supporting the Foundation’s efforts in
developing and executing external individual and corporate gifts. Hailing from
Pennsylvania, Eric joined SYF in 2012. He has worked in the nonprofit
sector with two membership associations and public broadcasting. Eric
holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lycoming College.
Reach Eric at or 317-263-7716.

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