The vision for GHG is the same as Tempo. Our vision is that all young people will have strong, resilient foundations for adulthood. Tempo helps young people with extra challenges become healthy, productive adults. We focus on achievement, employment, schooling, healthy relationships, and practical skills to reach future goals. Young adults learn to be leaders, learners, workers, and role models.
Because many young people need employment and job skills, we have spent over three years researching ways to help young adults find meaningful work. We were happy to join with Artists for Humanity (www.afhboston.org), a Boston arts organization with similar hopes and dreams for young people, and to figure out how to replicate here in Framingham some of what Artists For Humanity does in Boston.
GHG is different from a school-type course. There are no grades or homework; the artists and mentor work collaboratively; and artists are paid for their work. GHG is not a “service” or mandatory requirement for anything. It is a completely voluntary learning/work opportunity. Each participant is respected as an individual artist, and we work and learn together with guidance from mentors with art-making experience. We all respect each other, each others’ work and ideas, our materials and workspaces, and the purpose of the GHG enterprise.
GHG launched with support from Artists for Humanity, The Sudbury Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network.