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VAP student Kaitlyn, age nine, and mentor Alicia Wollerton in their roles as Buddhist chickens working to solve the age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Photo by Leigh Curran

VAP student Kaitlyn, age nine, and mentor Alicia Wollerton in their roles as Buddhist chickens working to solve the age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Photo by Leigh Curran

:: "I use resources I already have working at the project—my time and my experience—to help empower young people at this crucial point in their lives. When I'm working with a student, I want that child to feel as safe and smart and creative as anyone on the planet, and to feel like anything is possible. If I feel like this is happening, I feel good, like I'm paying forward the good things that have happened to me." -VAP volunteer and artist, Jonas Oppenheim

The One-on-Ones program has a deep impact on all participants. Children experience the satisfaction that comes with accomplishing something fun and rewarding through hard work, and their adult mentors are reminded of the power of creativity and the collaborative process.