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Community Collage: Light of Chance & Y-Corps Collaborate

"credit" Jessi SmithHOPKINS COUNTY, KY (7/17/13) - Yesterday, July 16th, Light of Chance, Inc. and the Rosenwald-Smith committee partnered with Y-Corps, a component of the YMCA, and worked on a learning-service project to benefit the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center located at 208 N. Kentucky Ave. in Madisonville, KY.

Students from Light of Chance’s "Breathe" arts program joined forces with 25, 10th-12th graders from the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association's Y-Corps program (who come from Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and other areas of the Commonwealth) to clean and paint the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center, a facility that houses Light of Chance’s Madisonville offices and the Breathe Program.

To read a previous Sugg Street Post article about this collaborative effort, click here.

"It went really well," says Light of Chance founder and director, Eric Logan. "We pulled it together and I think everybody was pleased. The kids did really well and the Y-Corps kids were really personable. Those kids had to raise $500 apiece, do 50 hours of community service, submit a resume, and be selected to participate in the Y-Corps program."

"credit" Jessi SmithThe kids all worked hard together to paint a large hallway in the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center, and to clean-up an overgrown fence outside that had been completely consumed with vines.

"The kids worked on the fence for hours. They did a whole bunch of work. They filled a large dumpster full of vines and it still looks like you could spend two more days on it," laughs Logan. "I think that the Rosenwald-Smith committee will take on the rest of that project. The kids didn’t get to do the trim yesterday either, so the Rosenwald-Smith committee is going to finish up that work as well."

Overall, Logan believes that the project was enjoyed by all involved.

"It was a really cool project," says Logan. "I think that everyone was enriched by the experience. That building has so much history and still has good, solid bones. It just needs a little cosmetic work and some plumbing and electrical updates. For a building of that age, it’s kind of expected."

For more information on Light of Chance, Inc. and Y-Corps, visit the organizations’ respective websites at lightofchance.org and kyymca.org/y-corps.

Scroll below to see additional photos taken by Sugg Street Post photographer, Jessi Smith.

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Community Collage: Breathe Youth Arts Spring Showcase

"credit" Jessi SmithHOPKINS COUNTY, KY (5/15/13) - Art is an escape. Art is beauty. Art is vivid. Art is alive. Art is freeing and exhilarating. So just breathe it in and allow it to cleanse you every once in awhile.

Art was alive and well in Madisonville this past Tuesday, May 14th at the Madisonville City Park. Breathe, a community based youth development program, celebrated their first year of operation by offering up a free Spring showcase for park-goers as the sun was setting brilliantly against the backdrop. The weather was perfect and a responsive crowd gave the atmosphere an electric spark.

Breathe, a program established by Light of Chance, Inc., provides after-school arts sessions, which are free of charge, for grades 5-12. The program foster artistic expression, leadership, and social skills through arts such as visual, music, dance, creative writing, and poetry.

The official Light of Chance website lists the program's goals as follows:

• To offer programming that: focuses on self-expression, artistic engagement, teamwork skills, and concern for others.

• Give youth a constructive outlet for their creative energies, encourage cooperation and teamwork, teach artistic and social skills.

• To engage young people in unique opportunities to explore the arts while developing supportive relationships and connecting with their community.

• Help program participants to establish and achieve personal goals.

• To teach and help youth discover different ways to critically think and solve problems.

• To increase youth’s self-esteem.

A photo recap of this year's Spring Showcase can be viewed below.

If you are interested in learning more about the Breathe program call (270) 875-4332 or visit http://www.lightofchance.org/. The program operates every Tuesday from 3:30-6:00 at the Rosenwald-Smith Multi-Cultural Center at 208 N. Kentucky Ave.

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Written by Jessica Dockrey
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