Everyone knows that Los Galeristas Adolescentes Gallery Club organizes multi-media arts activities as well as visits to art studios, galleries, and museums for inner-city youth.

Cre8tive YouTH*ink squad with supermuralist Sofia Maldonado (pictured at the top)

The key to our success hinges on the active involvement of the senior and founding members of the Cre8tive youTH*ink group.

These young artists interact directly with the younger teens in very specific ways, in a process known as “bridging.”

Bridging links members in feeling and outlook and focuses on building emotional connections – reinforcing the principle that the group itself is the agent of change. Bridging provides exchanges between and among members that facilitate personal growth and are key to increasing participation and engagement.

Our “each one, teach one” model energizes and helps to build group cohesion and safety — promoting fuller group participation, facilitating generative communication between members — provides positive support, reassurance and encouragement. In this way, our youth leaders themselves “feed” each other by filling in each other’s developmental voids, and fostering each other’s potential for excellence.

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