While studying ESL San Francisco, it’s always an exceptional trip because we get to learn about some of the history of the Mission district as well as the program that teaches young at risk youth how to paint and draw so they can become artists!
After getting trained in the Precita Eyes program the at risk youths get hired working on various projects with the murals in the mission and elsewhere! And not just designing and painting political and socially progressive and controversial themes on garages but even on churches, McDonald’s, schools, the legendary Women”a center, and even on the electricity boxes on 24th Street.
Also, we went down one of the little streets with murals we ended up playing a game with goggles on where you could have an out of body experience : here are a few pictures from that– Seongwoo Lee was hilarious but Jessica beat the boys!
It’s a lot of walking, and sometimes there’s a little bit of grumbling, but at the end when we are eating the best ice cream in town everyone lights up like children at a birthday party–we sat down at Mission Dolores Park watching the sunset , Woow !
Written by Drew Rogers, who teaches Business English at EC San Francisco