CoachArt Los Angeles: Meet Program Manager Jessica Wynn
Staff Spotlight: Meet Jessica (Jess) Wynn, Your CoachArt Los Angeles Program Manager!
Hi! My name is Jessica, but most people know me as Jess. I’m a group program manager on the CoachArt Los Angeles team, and I’ve been with CoachArt for over a year now. I develop and lead creative arts programming for CoachArt families and volunteers. Working with the CoachArt community, and seeing firsthand the positive impact of my work, has been a transformative and exciting experience for me.
I finished my first In-Home Lesson match in August with one of the many amazing students in our program, Alina, and it was so much fun! She was so positive and excited for the new activity every week. Crafting and baking with her was the highlight of my summer.
I was born and raised on the East Coast in Washington DC. I grew up in an artistic home environment. My mom was very crafty and always provided me with opportunities to try new creative projects. My favorite art medium throughout high school was collaging — ask my family about my huge magazine collection. I started to fall in love with painting in my last year of college, and have been developing the skill since.
I have a passion for creating and providing spaces to share joy and to teach others. It’s what makes my work the most rewarding. The arts give you a chance to express yourself and I love giving youth new opportunities to do so. Some of the projects I’ve shared with the CoachArt community are the same projects I loved as a kid, and it’s been really cool to see it all come full circle.
I love working with youth because there’s so much room for creativity and joy in their hearts. Their imaginations are expansive, and I want to help keep that alive while empowering them as often as possible. I volunteered to tutor students throughout college, and after graduating, I worked with youth in education through the DC nonprofit College Bound. My work there helped me understand the importance of mentorship and shaped my personal mission to increase community access to resources in order to help students thrive.
In my free time, I love to garden and regrow food scraps or fruit seeds, and make and design jewelry, and I just started a virtual reading circle with some of my friends.
Our sincere thanks to Jessica (Jess), CoachArt Los Angeles Program Manager, for sharing her story with the CoachArt community! Ever since CoachArt started offering lessons online rather than face-to-face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led numerous art tutorials for kids with CoachArt on Facebook Live. You can see recordings of those lessons, and others, on our Facebook Page here. Get info about CoachArt’s upcoming Facebook Live tutorials, and learn more about CoachArt’s virtual programming for kids and teens impacted by chronic illness, here.
COACHART FACEBOOK LIVE TUTORIALS: Watercolor, Crafting, Baking, and Art with Coach Jess!
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with kids and teens impacted by chronic illness for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by childhood chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CoachArt is providing virtual (online) lessons for all group activities and 1-1 lessons. Learn more about CoachArt’s virtual programming for kids and teens impacted by chronic illness.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and newly in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York City, and Portland. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
WAYS TO HELP
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you’d like to share virtually with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.