“Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard” by Liz Murray is the next book for the Book Club.
Herbert Hoover School Library
The IJHF is a major monetary supporter for the Herbert Hoover School Library at the Iowa Juvenile Home. The library also includes a specialized collection of books for youth who have difficulty reading or need to enhance their reading skills. Additionally the youth are given special training in understanding how to use the library.
The hope is that the youth will be aware that their future community libraries are a resource for when they leave the Iowa Juvenile Home.
True Colors Activity
True Colors began in 2006 as an after-school music therapy project. There is no state funding for music of any kind at the Iowa Juvenile Home.
The first year included a show chorus for the girls, with costumes, and a drumming circle for the boys. All students were offered guitar lessons, and if they finished the course they were allowed to keep their guitars. During the year, we brought in professional musicians to perform for the students, including a classical guitarist and the Caribbean Steel Drum Band from the University of Iowa.
The kids chose the name True Colors for the program, and wore colored T-shirts for their performances if they weren’t wearing costumes. All of the students at the juvenile home are healing from earlier experiences, and we believe that these experiences in the arts can help students learn socially-acceptable ways to express emotions and understand their past.
Traveling Art Exhibit
Experience the very personal expression of the Iowa Juvenile Home's youth thru art.
Des Moines, IA- State Capital (Beginning of April 2013)
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