Community Service: Juan Velasco
Juan Velasco has been teaching a writing workshop to the people in the Transitional Employment Program at the Homeless Garden Project Center in Santa Cruz. The program provides supplemental education to the trainees around creativity and empowerment with the idea of potentially advocating for themselves.
Juan believes learning how to tell and write one's story and express oneself effectively is an important skill when it comes to navigating the world of housing and job searches, as well as meeting basic needs. The Lifewriting workshop was a great success and many of the participants asked to invite Juan again after the first workshop in the Fall 2015. He just completed a new workshop in June 16, 2016.