Our May Newsletter
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
Join us for Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! To recognize the month, we will be posting content on social media about the intersection of domestic violence and mental health, ways to promote your own mental health, and statistics on how prevalent mental illness is in society.
Staff Spotlight: Nick Alexander
Every month, we'll be introducing a new member of our staff. This month's staff spotlight feautures Nick Alexander, our new Child Services Coordinator!
Q: What made you want to become a child counselor?
A:I was in art education for a number of years in public schools, teaching elementary art classes for most of that time. When I went to grad school for art therapy and counseling after working for about 10 years, working with kids was a natural fit. I love their creativity and spontaneity. Even if I have a plan, or think I have a plan, they may have a different idea, which I attempt to validate—those things combined keep the job of working with kids fresh and exciting.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The time in sessions with the kids is rewarding. I love seeing the moment that something “clicks” in them whether it be about the situation they are in or the way they are perceiving the world. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoy my coworkers here—having been in multiple mental health jobs in the past, this community and group of people are exemplary and make some of the difficult things that we carry manageable.
Q: What is something about you that most people don't know?
A: When I was just out of school as an undergrad I worked for a soda company and learned to drive a fork lift pretty well. In additional to that I also have my CDL and a motorcycle license (although it has been a long time since I owned or drove a motorcycle).
Calling All Artists! The Annual Juneteenth Art Show
Project Horizon invites local artists (Rockbridge area) to submit artwork on the theme "Together We Rise" for an exhibition commemorating Juneteenth, the holiday honoring the emancipation of the last slaves in Galveston, TX, on June 19, 1865.
Artists may wish to create works with a literal interpretation or amore figurative response to the theme. Up to $2,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a People’s Choice award.
Artwork can be dropped off at Project Horizon (120 Varner Lane, Lexington) between May 1-28, 2021 from 8am - 5pm. All submission will be displayed at the Nelson Gallery from June 2-26, with a Juneteenth reception being held at the gallery on June 19. Prizes will be awarded during the reception.
For more information, call Project Horizon at 540-463-7861 or email email@example.com.
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To recognize the occasion, we will be highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander advocates who have made contributions to social justice movements on our social media. Follow along on Facebook and on Instagram, @projecthorizon120.