Since 2010, The Crucible has opened its doors to high school students interested in expanding their artistic ability and leadership skills. Each summer, participants have joined us for two weeks of art making, teaching in the classrooms, and teacher-student mentorship as part of our Fuego Youth Leadership Program.
This year, in honor of Fuego’s tenth anniversary, we have expanded the program to be four weeks long, where both our first year Fuego Leaders and second year Fuego Leaders work and learn together.
“We had these two great two-week programs, and it wasn’t enough time for our youth to really develop their leadership skills, teaching abilities, or artist practice to the extent that they wanted to,” Alyssa Stone, our Director of Programs explained. “This year, by overlapping these two programs and giving the students four weeks together, they can deepen their engagement in the classroom, work for a longer period with their mentors, and the second year Fuego Leaders can pass their knowledge and experience on to the first year leaders.”
With the expanded time, we have also expanded the curriculum. This year, each leader will work on multiple collaborative projects exploring themes of identity, leadership, community, artistry, and transformation.
In their first week during the morning session, our Fuego leaders are focused on identity, working to create a mandala incorporating personal artifacts. Then at the end the week, each leader will construct a personal portrait. In the afternoon, our Fuego students are back in the classroom, assisting with camp classes and building skills in their discipline, leadership, and learning.