Fresno County Art

Directing Change is an evaluated suicide prevention and mental health program with the mission to educate young people about critical health topics through art and promote social justice and health by changing conversations in schools and communities.
2022

Gratitude Poem

2022
Artist: Taryn Esajian
Fresno County
Grade: 9
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
I wrote a poem about gratitude and how I see it around me every day. I wrote specifically about the people that mean the most to me.

Thank you from me to you

2022
Artist: Jaidyn Holt
Fresno County
Grade: 9
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
The poem I wrote about is how I am grateful for everyone in my life. How it relates to everyday life, and how gratitude is shown and appreciated.

Grateful

2022
Artist: Tylee Mitchell, Luke Sanchez Boele
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
We put small images and messages in a collage that represent the things we are grateful for.

Don’t Lose Sight of Hope

Third Place - October 2021
2022
Artist: Beverly Douglas
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
The poem provides ideas and insight on ways you can find hope in dark times. It advises readers to never stop searching for hope and that the reader is not alone.

You have value, there is always hope

2022
Artist: Abbey Cetin, Maddy McDivitt
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
A student cries out for help at school, as the stress of life proves to be overwhelming just as it feels hopeless to continue, a NAMI activist showcases a helping hand, as everyone has someone to help them, and provide hope for brighter days.

Gratitude

2022
Artist: Avery Jones
Fresno County
Grade: 9
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
My entry is a poem about what I am grateful for.
2021

The Black Dot

2021
Artist: Tylee Mitchell
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
My poem discusses feelings people feel while experiencing suicidal thoughts and depression.

Don’t Lose Sight of Hope

Third Place September 2021 - Hope and Justice
2021
Artist: Beverly Douglas
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
I chose this category because I know many people who struggle to find the good in life. I wrote it in the hope of advocating to look for the good. Through this project I too learned how to better look for the good in life.

Holding On

Honorable Mention September 2021 Monthly Prompt: "You Are Not Alone"
2021
Artist: Luke Sanchez-Boele
Fresno County
Grade: 10
Sierra High School
Advisor: Andrea Marjala
I wanted to try and help people with the things I have gone through. Knowing these things bring more understanding towards these types of issues and I hate to see people go through trauma.