Over the summer we completed a mural with the P.O.W.E.R. group at the Newhall Community Center.
P.O.W.E.R. stands for Peers on the Way to Everlasting Recovery. The group’s mission is to offer male teens in need of support a peer network to discuss issues that affect their behavior and perception of life. POWER focuses on teens between 13-18 that have gang affiliation, behavioral issues, and excessive academic difficulties. As part of their summer efforts, POWER created and painted a mural with ARTree.
The mural is a timeline of Newhall. The group, under the leadership of Efren Galindo and Justin Hillermann, collaborated with ARTree’s Bob Hernandez, Ann Unger, Melissa Shephard, and David Sweetman. The mural is 6′ tall and 15′ wide. The purpose of having teens execute this project was to allow them to express their thoughts and ideas in a positive and creative manner. The POWER group practiced a variety of skills taught by mentors such as positive decision-making, teamwork, and discipline.