Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [RYSS] - Harmony Hills Elementary Mentorship Workshop
[May 22, 2013]

Twenty-one eighth grade students from Raul Yzaguirre School for Success [RYSS] traveled to Harmony Hills Elementary [San Antonio] to mentor twenty third grade students in the use of graphics software to create digital art.

The RYSS students learned how to use the software from Tom R. Chambers, Technology Applications teacher. They used the software during this semester of the school year to make Digital Art re: homelessness. They used images of situations to not only call attention to the plight of the homeless, but also celebrate their humanity through the Digital Art treatment of the images.This activity was in response to a learning service (campaign) initiative by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). A core group of the students attended the Houston Coalition for the Homeless (HCH) "Three Decades of Achievement" event downtown Houston, April 5, 2013. They displayed a selection of the eighth grade class: Digital Art.

Chambers takes student engagement and empowerment seriously. What is learned and produced transcends the classroom and school system to have community and international impact. As a result, his students are motivated to do more, and in this case, they became mentors for students at another school.

This mentorship process involved an intensive session of learning/practicing, and project application to make digital art. The RYSS eighth grade students succeeded in not only keeping the attention of the Harmony Hills Elementary students, but also making them comfortable with the software and producing gratifying results. The two groups were so engaged throughout the day that the teachers present during the process seemed secondary. The RYSS students had successfully gained a skill, and were empowered to convey what they knew to others.

This mentorship project between RYSS and Harmony Hills Elementary is the eighth student workshop at various schools.

A link to photographs and a slide show follow to indicate the degree of activity and working relationship between the RYSS and Harmony Hills Elementary students:


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RYSS - Harmony Hills Elementary Workshop slide show

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