The Art of Saying Thank You

May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Handmade cards by Bigs and Littles

May 21, 2011

The Gemini workshop opened its doors on a Saturday afternoon to nine “Littles” from Big Brothers Big Sisters, an agency that matches mentors with at-risk youth in Los Angeles.  The Littles, ranging from 9 to 14 years old and accompanied by their Big Brother or Big Sister, learned to make screenprints and were taught creative ways of expressing appreciation during a workshop titled “The Art of Saying Thank You.”  The workshop was led by Joni (who has been a BBBS Board member since 1995), Gemini Master Printer Jim Reid and Mindy L. Zasloff, President of the human resources consulting firm, People Skills Are An Art.

The Bigs and Littles took a quick tour of the workshop before getting down to business with Jim Reid in the screenprinting shop.  As each person stepped up to the press to pull a couple impression from a screen, the group cheerfully applauded each successful print pulled.  Mindy then guided the Bigs and Littles through the process of writing a thoughtful note expressing thanks or what it means to have been matched.  Once the screenprints were cut down to the size of a folded note-card, the Bigs and Littles embellished them with watercoloring, rubber-stamped images, bits of colored construction paper and colorful stickers.  The day was a resounding success  –  the matches had an exceptionally fun day, and the cards produced will be used for expressing gratitude to the agency’s major donors.

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