Last Friday, the Steam Exchange’s Youth Vision Committee teamed up with Bridge Kids Louisville to host a Screen Printing Party at the Zephyr Gallery in downtown Louisville. The goal of the event was to screen print a welcoming image onto 100 bags that Bridge Kids will then be filled with donated goods and give to incoming youth refugees as they arrive in Louisville.
The Youth Vision Committee was founded in August 2014 by the Steam Exchange. It began as a dedicated group of 3 students, with no screen printing experience, and has grown exponentially to serve its maximum capacity of students. Over the past few months, members of the Youth Vision Committee have been learning screen printing terminology and printing techniques. They have been practicing and honing their skills, readying themselves to shift their roles from students to teachers.
The Zephyr Gallery was packed from 5-7pm, and the Youth Vision Committee stayed busy teaching community members how to screen print. It was incredible to witness middle school youth teaching adults a new skill. In one fast and furious night, the youth were able to understand the difference between knowing how to screen print and being able to teach someone else how to screen print; a distinction that they are excited to practice and improve. The youth left with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and empowerment, and cannot wait until our next event!
Thank you to Bridge Kids Louisville , IDEAS 40203, and YouthBuild Louisville for helping make the Screen Printing Party a success!