Teens in Ladera

Teens Focus on Gratitude, Care and Growth

Ladera Ranch teens come together to focus on gratitude, care, and growth through artwork. The September meeting of the Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS) was just what the teens needed.

On September 11, the Rancho Santa Margarita branch of the Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS) has been working with Mission Hospital making masks and pillows for patients. This month they are focusing on gratitude, care, and growth.

Ladera Ranch teen, Katie Zhou, president of AYLUS RSM club which has 14 members from Ladera Ranch, said that the club participated in the Psychology Committee Nationwide Event 2020, entitled “Gratitude, Care, and Growth in the Pandemic” which involved creating art. 

Though the pandemic has physically separated the club's members for a considerable amount of time, the group has made efforts to collaborate on a project during September. For the AYLUS Psychology Nationwide Event, teen members decided to create a collage of puzzle pieces from paper, each representing an individual member and their experience during the pandemic. The puzzle represented that fact that despite each member leading separate lives, the members, each with their own unique personality are bound together by a commonality. The puzzle pieces fit together in harmony to make a complete photo. 

The puzzle pieces was uniquely customized by members using drawings, origami, or magazine clips. The magazine clippings represented the time that has passed and the trends during the pandemic. Together the teens artwork brought out the beauty from such a difficult time, and the result was a beautiful piece of artwork. During the event, members were encouraged to use the time to support one another and strengthen their bond with each other. 

Each member felt a sense of positivity and light-heartedness during the activity which was a stark contrast to the challenges many teens are facing otherwise. Overall, it was an extraordinary experience and opportunity for teens to build relationships and reconnect with one another, and the world.