Making it a Service Summer!
Teaching is one of my favorite ways to give back to my community, and I teach several classes each year. This past year, I taught Research and Academic Writing and Creative Writing for high school students. Several of my students are continuing to work with me over the summer by engaging in facilitated service learning projects. I recently accompanied several of my students to a Citizen Science program at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and supported by the Los Angeles Audubon Society, as well. My students used the iNaturalist app on their phones to collect and upload data on species they observed. This data will benefit conservation efforts in Los Angeles.
I challenge you to do the same — don’t just think about the change you want to see, but help make it happen and teach others how to take action, too!
Literature for Life Next Phase — Curriculum and School Programs Development
The literary journal and educators’ resource that I manage, Literature for Life, is a program of the arts nonprofit, Light Bringer Project. We’ve secured a grant for the next phases of this project — completing curriculum for the stories in our issues, publishing our next round of work, and actively engaging with teachers and students and putting Literature for Life to work in Los Angeles’s high school classrooms! Read some of the amazing stories we’ve collected from primarily L.A. authors, and check out the beautiful artwork for the stories HERE.
Joining the Bifröst- into the aurora Project in August
I’m thrilled to be joining the team of the Bifröst- into the aurora Project in August for the next stages of their endeavor to study, understand, and document the cultural and scientific aspects of the Aurora Borealis. The multi-disciplinary international team behind this project is attempting to send cutting edge imaging equipment into heart of the Aurora at an altitude of approximately 300 kilometers. As both a science lover and a long time student of mythology, this is an especially exciting opportunity for me! Learn more about the project HERE.