Vitaly Filipchenko

4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?

With my Job training programs – I want to start a WPA for NY for out of work professional artisans, artists and creatives to work with children after school.  Part of my platform is to expand mental health support for poor communities and to address homelessness.  Children impacted by homelessness and Covid, I hope to bring together mental health workers and arts practitioners to use art to help heal traumas.

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