Art-Based Intervention in Youth Chronic Illness

Calvin Montana-Macedo (Social Work)

The project’s purpose is to provide evidence about the effectiveness of art-based intervention with youth with a chronic illness. The group will be for ages 12-25 and will run once a week for 5 weeks at the Corner Health Center, Ypsilanti. The group will provide art-based interventions aimed to decrease stress and hopelessness in having a chronic illness. Art-based interventions will provide practical tools for self-care and coping. The group will provide youth with a sense of belonging, support, and a safe space to share and express their thoughts and feelings. Group meetings will consist of hip-hop and music therapy through music dialogue, music creation, creative writing, and performance. Members will understand the power of their voice, narrative, and expression.