Building Lives Inc. (BLINC)

Building Lives INC.

Building Lives INC.Vision:

To empower, inspire, and connect high school students.

Specifics:

BLINC started out as a ten week program bringing students together from all backgrounds to share insights, work through struggles, and feel supported in their journey.

Today, more than five years later, BLINC has grown into a truly unique program open to all high school aged students in the Ojai Valley. This marks the third year that Aaron Gardner, educator and poet, will be leading the group. Workshops for the 2016-2017 school year start Monday September 12, though anyone can join at any time during the year. BLINC is held each Monday night from 5pm-7pm at Nordhoff High School in Room B-4 (the Drama Room). Free Dinner is always provided:)

Process:

BLINC is broken down into 3 themes: Character Building/Empowerment, Vocational Training/Role Models, Storytelling/Goal Setting. The first hour of every night is used as an Open Mic Forum where those who feel comfortable can read personal pieces of writing or perform songs. The second hour features a writing activity or guest speaker, group activities, and/or questions. Mentors have ranged from passionate business owners to young professionals to free spirits that have traveled the world learning.

Outcome:

Those that come to BLINC gain self-confidence, a deeper understanding of their potential, and a different approach to establishing and accomplishing goals. According to program facilitator Aaron Gardner: “BLINC is a place to find your voice and be heard, to express yourself without fear or judgement, to manifest your beauty and power through words, and to find a community of young people who support you.”

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