On Wednesday, I took a break from the commission I've been working on and went down to the Collier High School in Wickatunk, NJ. A neighbor of mine works at this alternative high school for kids whose needs can't be met in traditional public high schools. They have an extended year program for at-risk students to learn life and job skills and they invited me to speak about having a career in art. I shared with the kids that I graduated from college as a criminal justice major and had worked as a social worker in the Family Court system. Back then, interacting with kids in difficult situations, I only had the resources of the courts to offer. Now, speaking with them as a business owner and artist, I was able to show them how art could offer the opportunity for self-expression and a career that could utilize their skills. At first, many of the students looked disinterested but as I began to show them how to cut glass and create a small project, they became quiet and focused. A few of them told me they found it relaxing to work with glass. Whether or not they decide to pursue a career in art, I hope they keep in mind the benefits that can come from creating something artistic.