This is a guest post written by Paint Love volunteer Sierra Kazin. She is an art education major at Kennesaw State University.
When I volunteered with Paint Love at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, I worked with girls ranging from 12 to 15 years old. Since I love working with people and I love making art I felt very comfortable- it was the perfect opportunity for me to get involved in my community and I felt welcomed by the Paint Love staff. That day we had the opportunity to decorate journal covers so that the girls could use them for school and/or personal use. We were provided an array of materials and we took turns listening to each other’s favorite kind of music! I learned a lot about each of the girls and they made my experience hilariously awesome! After working with Paint Love, I left with a full heart. The time I spent with the girls and learning about their lives was truly inspiring. Since then, I have looked into art therapy as a potential career path, in hopes to one day help others through art. I absolutely love how art can become a medium for expression, self-growth, and strength. By working with Paint Love I learned that self-growth also relies on the growth of others. At the end of the day, these girls proved to me how kids or students can be our greatest teachers!