November 16, 2021
Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd Juárez, A.C. (FEMAP) was created in 1973 as a nonprofit civil organization located in Ciudad Juárez. Their mission is to better the quality of life of the community through healthcare services, education, as well as community service. They also have been recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for their contribution to the human, social, and economic development.
As part of their community service division, they have accumulated vast experience in the implementation of out-of-school programs for disconnected children and youth.
Through funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Kids Initiative, SADEC/FEMAP has implemented an artistic education program called ValorArte during afterschool hours. The program provides dance, art, and music sessions using methodology proposed by the National Dance Institute, New York (NDI). The overall goal of the program is to promote self-esteem, creative thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, discipline, sense of belonging, teamwork, and the desire to learn.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SADEC/FEMAP had to pivot and adapt their lessons to deliver them virtually. The ValorArte program staff delivered the program activities by being flexible and familiarizing themselves with the use of virtual platforms such as Vimeo, Facebook, and WhatsApp. At the end of the program cycle, youth had an opportunity to showcase what learned during the program through video and photography. Click here to view many of the participants showcasing their talent. Also, click here for testimonials (in Spanish) from the participating youth on their enjoyment of the program.
ValorArte is a big testament of adaptability during these unprecedented circumstances having at the core of the program a vested interest in the well-being of children and youth in the community.
If you would like to learn more about the ValorArte program, visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ValorarteFEMAP
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