Job Corps observes Mental Health Awareness Month with many activities

Photos courtesy of Marissa Aldaco, clerk, and Loretta Clark, Human Resource assistant: Iroquois Job Corps Center celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month on May 22 with a variety of activities. (Left) Caricature artist Rob Dumo draws student Levi Ruper. (Right) Infinity Hall Caswell holds her likeness drawn by caricature artist Rob Dumo.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 25 May 2024 at 8:04 am

MEDINA – Students at Iroquois Job Corps Center enjoyed a day of special activities on Wednesday in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.

“It was a day of fun, food and activities to celebrate and acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month,” said Jeanette Barr, senior administrative assistant.

The DJ station was manned by Astin Fiegel, recreation manager; Keyonia Pompey, student Y2Y ambassador; and Candace Casey, work-based learning coordinator.

The theme for the day was “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.” Zachary Sargent, Mental Health consultant, addressed staff and students regarding the importance of maintaining good mental health during his opening and closing remarks.

“It was great for all to enjoy time together and everyone had a wonderful time,” Barr said.

Activities included dress down day, chicken barbecue, Lugia’s ice cream truck, caricature artist Rob Dumo, gardening, basketball contest, yoga and several other activities. Students also had fun with squirt guns on the hot day.

Here, students and staff line up for chicken barbecue, cooked by Luke Kantor, an admissions manager, and Brad Hilchey, maintenance manager.