Amber Cote 
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Re: “Arts scene: alive and kicking

Thank you, Ralph. My sentiments exactly!

Amber Coté, Member
PPAC Board of Directors

Posted by Amber Cote on 09/28/2009 at 9:30 PM

Re: “A new tomorrow

Actually, I meant we DO see our kids as pure possibility. *Unfortunate type-o as a result of my impassioned response. :) Amber Cot Executive Director, FutureSelf c. 719-233-4143 amber@futureself.org url: www.futureself.org Our Mission: FutureSelf invites transformation through the Arts All art requires courage~ Anne Tucker

Posted by Amber Cote on 01/08/2009 at 10:07 AM

Re: “A new tomorrow

I feel I have to make a significant clarification in regard to some terms used in this article. I'm not sure that I used the terms "at-risk" or "troubled" when i was speaking of the young people we have the privilege to work with. It's true "our" kids are people who have faced significant challenges, but they are remarkable for their unique ability to rise above these challenges. They are extraordinary on so many levels, but one advantage they have over people with more privilege is that they are able to tap into their inherent intuitive wisdom, out of the necessity to survive and thrive. They have uncanny creativity and sometimes simply need to have that power and energy pointed in a direction that serves them and their community in a positive way. We have such a wide-range of youth who contribute to our programs that it is unfair to "box" them all under terms like "at-risk" and "troubled," though I do often speak of them as "on the fringe," under served or under privileged. Those terms address economic situations, access situations and even learning styles. When you are a creative "right-brained dominant" thinker, you don't necessarily fit in to the main stream on many important levels. This differentness can be the driving factor that puts a kid "on the fringe" or creates an under served, underprivileged predicament for them, in their homes, schools and socially. FutureSelf is proud to have the opportunity to work with these innovative thinkers and consider them to be an asset to this community as future leaders and visionaries. We merely want to provide a safe place of belonging for them, so they may utilize the tools and resources we offer in art, mentorship and peer understanding to express who they truly are and then share that with those around them. Thank you for taking the time to write this article and share our story with your readers but I ask that you please post this so that the young people who read this and the adults who know and love them will understand we don't see our kids as purely as possibility, not any more "troubled" than anyone else out there trying to succeed in the world. Sincerely, Amber Cot Executive Director, FutureSelf c. 719-233-4143 amber@futureself.org url: www.futureself.org Our Mission: FutureSelf invites transformation through the Arts All art requires courage~ Anne Tucker

Posted by Amber Cote on 01/08/2009 at 10:01 AM

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