This summer, HUNE’s Youth Program (HYP) decided to continue despite all odds.

The students met twice a week in-person (and twice offline!) while following strict safety guidelines, and we are happy to report everyone completed the program safe and sound. This summer, the themes were: using the imagination to create reality and ecology.

The students mixed the two by doing nature-based art projects: this included making cement “dragon eggs” after learning properties of sediment and soil, creating our own herb gardens, foraging for materials in local parks and green spaces to create dreamcatchers and mosaics, and painting our own imagined natural landscapes. This was done in connection and preparation of the community park, officially named HYP Love Park, that we will begin to build on Saturday, September 12.

Additional Good News

Two students gained employment, one even started to follow his career dream by gaining through WorkReady in IT work. HUNE also provided bilingual trainings all summer to keep the community informed about the ever-changing status of schools, and facilitated a small backpack giveaway to local families.

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