“It’s important to offer young students the opportunity to learn different ways to communicate better. The combination of writing and drawing is a great way for students to learn how to organize their ideas and express them to others.” ~ Jay Piscopo, The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli
On Friday, April 3rd, more than 170 students from the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) middle school program, Project Reach, will be unleashed on Portland’s Old Port to take part in Urban Adventure, an educational Scavenger Hunt. The assignment for these 8th grade students coming from all over Maine will be to practice their communication and team-building skills by interacting with Old Port merchants and city officials.
A new aspect of Urban Adventure this year is that JMG is partnering with Maine Reads as part of its Maine Festival of the Book celebration to showcase career pathways in the creative economy here in Maine.
When the students first arrive in Portland on Friday they will participate in a “Draw on Your Creativity Workshop” led by Jay Piscopo, the Maine-based author and illustrator of The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli all-ages graphic novel series.