According to Americans for the Arts, the arts have a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and have proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries. Arts education also develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Today’s organization is dedicated to giving children an opportunity to express themselves.
drawchange is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to aid global change by supplying the world’s children with art supplies. Their vision is to provide the tools necessary so each child has the ability to fully express themselves. They want to provide empowering programs that allow children to effectively visualize a better life for themselves.
drawchange started with a deep passion for the arts of the founder and CEO, Jennie Lobato. She states, “I know what a difference the arts made in my life as a child and I want to grant that experience to as many children as possible. I believe it so easy to help with global change. All it takes for us is granting a child an opportunity to express themselves, thus making them feel empowered. Some children don’t have the self-esteem to realize that they can visualize a better life for themselves-thus having no hope and even trying. It is drawchange’s mission to change that mentality and create global change.”
The organization’s motto is “CHILDREN NEED ART”. It comes from a deep understanding of what the arts mean to children – it helps them express themselves when they may not know the right words.
drawchange recently returned from their second of six trips to Fatima School in Costa Rica. They we will be visiting this poor school for six consecutive years to evaluate the children’s creativity each year. Last year the children were tested before any art experiences. Throughout the year drawchange sent lesson plans to utilize the supplies that were left in the first trip. This year the children’s creativity levels were re-evaluated and improvement was seen in their levels of creativity – so it is clear that drawchange is making a difference for them. According to Jennie Lobato, “This means we are effectively giving them a skill to further their advancement in society. If you cannot visualize your dreams or emergence from poverty, chances are you’ll just stay where you are.”
There are ways to help! drawchange is seeking volunteers to help with fundraising and day to day operations such as grant writing, marketing, copywriting, fundraising, and more. They are also always looking for volunteers to want to join on their unforgettable international ‘Art Beyond Borders’ trips. You can find current volunteer opportunities and a volunteer application on their website.
Donations of supplies and materials are also appreciated. Glitter, glue sticks, construction paper, and more can be donated. See their website for a current list or contact them directly for more information. Monetary donations are also accepted directly on their website.