We had a great meeting last Saturday. The topic of our discussion was "Gangs and Prevention." Our presenter was Elsy Martinez, a freshman from Hempstead Public School. What is a gang? A gang is a group of three or more individuals. A group with a unique name and other identifying attributes (color, hand gestures, symbols, and clothing a group with They demonstrate commitment to crime by, prior, or current criminal activity. All types of ages can be found in a gang.
The presentation included other questions: What causes kids to join gangs?, How do new members join the a gang?, Influence in gangs, Is there LOYALTY in a gang?, Why do we find children in gangs?, and What do gang members aim for?
Kudos to Elsy for taking the courage to speak on this important topic. Amazing work!
LA's gang members transformedWe watched a short film about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg Boyle, which showcased the transformation of gang members to normal life. There is hope!
Happy Mother's DayThe members made special art work and wrote thank you texts to celebrate the gift of the "Mother" figure we have in our life.
Our IY Teens watched the documentary,
"The Human Experience." Two brothers from Brooklyn go on a journey to find the true meaning of life. They live with the homeless in the cold winter of NYC and then they later visit a home in Lima, Peru for children who were abused and abandoned. The teens learned how we can find the true meaning of our lives when we serve others in need.
Part two of the documentary coming up next week! Join us Next Thursday at 5:00pm at Saint Dominic's!
Our Idente Youth teens discussed the importance of evaluating the purpose of all of our relationships.
" God gives us relationships to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. He gives us relationships so that we can help each other get to Heaven ... the purpose of every relationship is two people helping each other become the-best-version-of-themselves. It doesn't matter if it is a relationship between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, parents and children, manager and employee, coach and player, teacher and student. " - Matthew Kelly
Last Wednesday in Idente Youth Kids meeting the children had a special guest that would introduce the children to music and what it truly is about. Having the children close their eyes while they hear a piece of a song and some said the music represents love and peace. The speaker said, "Sometime Music has feeling from experiences based on certain sounds". Showing how one sound can be made into music and also using a number of them to sing one note to use rhythm and melody in order to compose a song. They learnt the three rules of music: rhythm, melody and harmony.