A big emphasis in the Griot Youth Program is being involved in and contributing to your community. This can look many different ways, but we have a few main areas on which we focus
The first Monday of the month, all of our students come together in a communal setting to discuss issues in the community and what they can do to help. We try to emphasize our creativity and how we are able to contribute when we think of possible solutions to problems.
Each summer, Griot hosts a community arts camp sponsored by Seven Chimneys Farm in Stovall, MS. This camp is open to 7th-12th graders throughout the community, and is an opportunity for them to learn a skill in the arts for a week. The week ends with a performance for parents and friends and a pool party.
Junior Griot camp started in May 2014 with a two day camp for 10 elementary students. Six Griot High School students helped to teach art classes to younger students. The classes included improve theater games, group piano games, performances by our music students, dance class, pottery class, and painting class. The camp was fun for all involved and we will continue to expand on this camp.
Every semester the Griot students do a community service project that they decide on in their town hall meetings. These projects may look like a mural, painting houses, planting a garden, or hosting a dinner. Students learn that no matter where they are in life, they can always be generous to those around them.