Our work is mainly divided by self-sustaining programs outside of the United States and weekly programs within the nation that require ongoing training due to the transiency of homelessness. In the U.S. our focus is on homeless and refugee children between the ages of 5-10. Children learn to depend on our consistency and are re-enlivened to follow their dreams. Outside of the U.S. our focus is poverty-stricken children. These programs extend across 15 years and we are helping change entire communities' sense of desperation to one of hope. We also have a product called the drawchange Blueprint which is a comprehensive online tool that allows anyone around the world to implement our program. It comes equipped with all the training and curriculum you may need. We ask that you learn all about us and ask any questions you may have!
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We are methodically rollong our in-person programs out as it is safe to do so. Together we can continue to make a change while working to #flattenthecurve of COVID-19.
We were absolutely gutted when we came to the decision of pausing our programming. Children in homeless shelters rely on third parties like drawchange for extracurricular enrichment. Especially with the widespread school shutdowns, children experiencing homelessness are a demographic that need extra care in this time of crisis. This is why we’d love if you could donate.
We are being called to broaden our scope. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will impact the US homeless population. Our goal is to raise $40 per child for resources to further enrich the children. We need to be prepared to deal with the aftermath of this isolation period. We urge you to get involved at drawchange.org/donate #supportyourcommunity.
During this time we will be posting one project per week you can do with your children-whether you are living in a homeless shelter or not. All projects will use minimal supplies, will keep your area tidy and are meant to relieve stress within young minds and keep them dreaming their biggest dreams. If you execute any of these projects, please share photos and/or your experience with us.
Jennie Lobato, founder/CEO, drawchange
10. Home Is Where
Time commitment: 25 minutes (ages 5-7) 40 mins (ages 8 and up)
The goal is to: Learn the distinction between a house, a physical building, and a home. What makes a house a home is love and support. A house is a building.
Supplies: paper & coloring materials. Optional: glue sticks, scissors, and this playlist!
Talk through & project: “What is the difference between a house and a home?” Share that wherever they find themselves, they are always home when surrounded by love and support. Have them draw and color their perfect house and its surroundings. Then cut out three “Home is Where _________” strips, fill them out and glue them down! (they can write this if they do not have access to supplies).
This is an example calendar of our programs throughout the world. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application here. If you are already cleared to volunteer, our Volunteer Portal is where you want to be! *Some changes have occured due to COVID-19.
*Exact program dates subject to change from what is on this calendar.