Rediscovering learning through art
When she transferred to Anderson New Technology High School, a school of 200, Jasmine Phillips had trouble finding the motivation to study and set goals, or the confidence to believe in herself. She never knew her father, and after skipping school and running away from home, she was placed in foster care. “I think she was discouraged. Didn’t see the value in education. Didn’t understand why she needed to do it,” Principal Carol Germano said. But with the help of the educators and administrators at New Tech, Jasmine discovered a support system that helped her build confidence and discipline. She also found herself drawn to the healing power of art. She picked up a camera and used photography to rediscover her love of learning. Jasmine has a natural talent for photography. With a lot of hard work, Jasmine brought her grades up to A’s while finding time to practice photography. Jasmine is now thinking about her post-secondary goals. She is considering becoming a freelance photographer and is working as an intern.