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Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, 2215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Phone: (714) 547 5468
Filmed in 2005 But So Relevant in 2017: I AM ORANGE COUNTY
“I Am Orange County” originated as a 2005 technology grant students program to further social justice.
Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center and Orange County Human Relations worked with at-risk youth in four Santa Ana schools.
The students created a 30-minute documentary, photo essays and a website about their experience.
Barraged with TV images of Orange County representing the rich and the wealthy (Laguna Beach on MTV, The OC on Fox, Arrested Development on Fox, OC Housewives on Bravo), the silent majority explored its identity.
The students in Santa Ana have awoken.
Their documentary expresses strongly and very positively what their lives are about.
They address prejudice and immigration, life in the OC as part of the hardworking and neglected majority.
They documented the immigration marches in Los Angeles and Santa Ana.
Their personal stories are positive. These students, all classified "at-risk" at the start of the project have moved on to academic success. They feel pride in who they are and they are empowered.
This project, filmed in 2005, has gained new relevance as Santa Ana residents continue to struggle with immigration politics and gang violence in 2017.
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Our programs’ successes and students have been recognized in the current OC Parenting issue, now available online and in print.
We are so proud of Cesar, Tam and Paola and happy to share their success stories with readers.
Please find the magazine ONLINE.
We are very proud to share the great news that our Founder and President, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, has been honored as an Everyday Hero by Everyday Heroes and Orange County Register.
Please see here the story from Orange County Register:
Everyday Heroes sponsor Fladeboe Automotive Group presented the Fladeboe Hero of the Year award, with President and CEO Denice Fladeboe giving the award to Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami. As founder and executive director of Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, Jimenez-Hami serves at-risk and special-needs children by providing music and arts programs. Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami (center) holds up her Fladeboe Hero of the Year honor presented by Fladeboe Automotive Group CEO Denice Fladeboe (at left) at the Jan. 28 Everyday Heroes Awards gala alongside Register reporter Samantha Dunn (at right).
Jimenez-Hami, who came from a humble background, is powered by the strong belief of her parents in the importance of a good education and giving back to the community. Th…