The Teen Exodus flower crown workshop was held on Saturday, April 8th, at the Junior League of Chicago (JLC) house. Teen Exodus collaborated with Crowning Event’s founder and owner, Allison Howard, to bring the teens and volunteers a fun and therapeutic activity that allowed the teens to express their creativity. Twenty-two teens and volunteers gathered in the Board Room to make their own “real life” Snapchat filter flower crowns.
Lunch was catered from Portillos, which was a big hit! The teens were excited to make crowns with the beautiful flowers provided. Before the workshop started, Allison shared fun facts and gave a brief overview of the history of flower crowns, which the teens enjoyed. Throughout the activity, the teens gave their undivided attention to Allison as she gave instructions. The teens and volunteers were able to create some truly beautiful flower crowns and all loved being able to “snap” selfies with the flower crowns on.
The flower crown event was organized by Teen Exodus members: Maddi Ma and Rachael Magpantay.
Teen Exodus serves at-risk teenage girls, ages 12 to 18, living in Chicago neighborhoods including Near North, Washington Park, and Uptown. The mission of Teen Exodus is to promote self-esteem, encourage higher education, and foster leadership growth through mentorship. Every Saturday, Teen Exodus plans events that are fun and educational, and provides a hot lunch. JLC structures each event to expose the teens to new experiences while addressing prevalent issues within the teens’ communities.
By Maddi Ma, 2016-17 Teen Exodus member