Today, I’m not talking about myself and my struggles to become a writer, or trying to organize what I have learned to benefit other writers. I’m going to talk about some kids. (Or, more specifically, my own kid, who wants to be a writer.)
My daughter is in the Occupational Credential Program at her high school. Kids end up in this program for different reasons. My daughter loves old movies, comics and manga, video game lore, cryptozoology, world mythology, cosplay, bad puns, and scaring people. She also has autism, with a combination of issues that make it too hard to get a standard diploma, and it’s unlikely she will go to college. This is why she is in the OCP.
She wants to be an artist, and a writer, and a video game researcher/developer. We’ve had “the talk” with her, about how artists and creative people usually have a day job until the creative work starts to make money. She understands and accepts this unfortunate fact of life. But she’s a teenager , and she has dreams…
The wonderful teachers for the OCP have organized a job shadowing opportunity for the kids on a cruise ship… I know it sounds weird at first–I was very skeptical–but Mrs. R explained that she hoped such a huge break from the everyday life of a regular town would really open the kids eyes of the possibilities for jobs out in the wider world.
And she’s right, of course, but it’s also a chance to expand their horizons, quite literally. My artistic, sensitive child will get to see a sunset at sea, watch the movement of waves and wake, experience a diverse population of many cultures and languages, have a little fun, and who knows what else. These new experiences could re-shape her perspectives, and be the meat and potatoes of her future artistic life.
But it also costs money. While I imagine the parents will find the money to send the OCP kids on this trip, along with a family or school volunteer, we are also asking for sponsorship from businesses and corporations.
I’m not asking for money from individuals, because so many of my friends are in the same tight circumstances as I am. I just don’t have any personal connections with businesses practicing this kind of inclusive sponsorship, and I thought one or more of my friends or followers might. (Maybe a comic publisher, or a game developer.) And I don’t normally ask for post sharing or likes, but that’s how social media works, so I would really appreciate it this time. More eyes on this post could make all the difference for someone having difficulties raising the money.
Questions about sponsoring the OPC Job Shadowing Cruise should be sent to:
- Benjamin Dangerfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen S. Rozmus at email@example.com
And tell them it’s for AJ and all the other kids in the OCP with big dreams!
Until next week, Happy Writing!