Athentikos I AM ART
2019 Impact Report
Why We Serve
1 in 7 people around the world suffer from severe mental illness and everyone experiences some level of emotional trauma.
Who We Serve
350 at-risk youth living in Guatemala connected to strategic partnership organizations serving communities traumatized by poverty, abuse and gang violence.
150 volunteers from the US, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and Finland served together to facilitate the camps.
How We Serve
1,000 art projects transformed youth through 46 diverse creative workshops during four week-long creative art camps.
What is I AM ART
I AM ART is a week-long camp that empowers at-risk youth, using the creative process to explore identity, resolve conflict, and heal trauma.
Mental and spiritual health are foundational for thriving relationships, families and communities. Our teams lead strategically planned creative workshops for participants to discover the uniqueness of who they are in God’s greater story as a beautiful piece of ART.
Your investment transformed the lives of countless at-risk youth who join us in saying gracias!
In the video above, at-risk youth hold a self-portrait project that expresses their gratitude for the impact of I AM ART.
I AM ART Camps in 2019
75 at-risk teens from a red-zone Guatemala City were bussed in to Camp Canaan for a week long transformative camp with our newest US partner, Belmont University! These older teens enjoyed both the simplicity and vulnerability of the creation process.
50% of I AM ART team members are international artists from outside the US.
Highlights: 150 volunteers served through I AM ART. 65 team members live outside of the
US in Mexico, Finland, Guatemala and Honduras. Athentikos celebrated 5 consecutive years
with 2 partnership organizations!
Athentikos trained one new mission team leader with a total of three team leaders. 20 Volunteers serve on the Athentikos leadership team as Mentors, Social Media Coordinators, Advisors, Fundraisers and logistics support.
"I AM ART challenged me to see myself as not just an artist, but beautiful art created by God."
Dr. Meaghan Brady Nelson
I teach workshops with dance technique called Dances to a Beat (DTB) which deals very directly with self esteem and body image. This work feels especially meaningful to teach at Oasis where the girls have experienced extreme abuse; the girls tell me that they had never thought anything good about their bodies before my workshop. That is quite astounding and heart breaking to hear…
I like I Am Art camps because I get to meet new people, learn how important it is to help others and how strong and resilient people are even if they are young. A six-year-old became my hero!
I served as the storyteller at Oasis this year. Each one of us is a unique and beautiful creation of God, but sometimes that work of art gets damaged by cruel and careless people. Having just finished my third I Am Art camp, I can honestly tell you that I feel like I gain far more than I give on these trips…
"Understanding that God takes a bad situation and makes something beautiful out of it is a huge source of hope and motivation. That's what we do through the I AM ART process."
Dawn, Workshop Leader on Opal House Team
Over 1,000 art projects empowered participants to grow confidently in their identity
Workshops Included: Gel Printing, Creative Writing, Tile Mosaics, Dance, Charcoal Drawing, Sculpture, Singing, Film Making, Macrame, Self Portraits, Natural Dyes, Jewelry Making, Mural Design, Collage, Drawing, Watercolor, Clay Making, Masks, Recycled Art, Baking, Singing, Mime, Movment, Drone Photography, Weaving and Theater!
Quotes from Students
Michael, age 14, Camp Canaan
Juan, Age 10
Abigail Lopez, Age 12
Daniela, Age 10
Juan, Age 10
Maria, Age 6
Melissa, Age 13
Lucia, Age 15
200 Donors Gave over $85,000 USD in 2019
Soar With us in 2020
Soar with us to empower at-risk youth through a donation of $50 or more and
submit a feather for a collaborative art project. Or join us on one of our I AM ART teams.