FutureVision Performs at LEAF

26 Oct

Thanks to YWCA FutureVision AmeriCorps member Rebecca Harmon for this wonderful report and beautiful photos from LEAF:

I have had the pleasure of working with LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) Schools & Streets artists now for the 3rd time since I have been in AmeriCorps and with YWCA FutureVision. Each time our kids have participated in the workshop with an artist for 3 days prior to the festival, and then they perform at LEAF, on stage in front of tons of smiling faces.

This year, by far, was the largest fan turnout. Partly being that the group, Boukman Eksperyans (the main LSS band from Haiti) is extremely popular and our kids, YWCA FutureVision Middle and High School, are also extremely popular. The workshop gave us an insight into the hype of this band and into the hype of their mission. The Boukmans worldly high-energy sound, fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae, encouraged the fan-filled crowd to do nothing but boogie down to music our kids were making.

With proud eyes and boosted egos, our girls danced and jived all over that stage to chants and cheers of onlookers. Our drummers looked to the band members such as Bwa Gris, Lolo, Natacha, and Paul for guidance through their sets as they shook the stage with beats.

As wet-eyed counselors exchanged glances through the soul-shaking experience, our vision in that instant was clear. These beautiful teens onstage were, in that moment, a testimony to what our program does for kids and what leaders are capable of. We motivate and we set examples; we teach values and ethics. We get bogged down in the day to day, then we get to see our children succeed and flourish in a life-changing experience with incredible people who have traveled the world in search of this moment and then we all come to the realization: they are amazing.

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3 Responses to “FutureVision Performs at LEAF”

  1. Katie October 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    You all amaze me. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you all. Keep doing what you’re doing. Love love love.

  2. Katie G October 27, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    I must say that I got a tear in my eye while reading this story! It is amazing what all of you do! I wish I could have been there this year, but I’m looking forward to being more involved in the Mentor Program soon!!! Can’t wait! Love to all of you!!!

  3. Loraine Martin October 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Thanks to ALL of you that are involved with the YWCA Future Vision program! The teens did an INCREDIBLE job working with Boukman Eksperyans. It is truly an honor to work with you through LEAF in Schools & Streets. Beautiful photos Rebecca!!!

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