Adelisa González-Lugo leads a workshop as part of the program.
In an effort to sustain the development of workshops to reach more children and youth in public schools through the Educa Cortés: The Art of Wellness and Mental Health program, FirstBank recently donated $10,000 to Fundación Cortés.
The Educa Cortés program consists of the design of interactive teamwork and individual workshops to allow participants to express themselves creatively and apply what they learn in school, while receiving tools to manage their emotions and mental health through art, dialogue and reflection.
The Fundación Cortés, which has been offering these workshops since 2012, has already reached 14,500 children and youth in public schools in Puerto Rico. The programmatic aspect of wellness and mental health was born during the operation of a temporary school after Hurricane María, when healing through art became an essential tool to meet the needs mental health issues in Puerto Rico due to the trauma caused by this atmospheric phenomenon, nonprofit officials said.
In addition, the experience of following the Educa Cortés workshops has helped children and young people to face the pandemic in a proactive way, as they learn to channel their emotions, take care of themselves and become autonomous in their life.
FirstBank has donated more than $50,000 to Fundación Cortés over the past five years.
“For us, it is very important to support entities such as Fundación Cortés because they have a direct impact on vulnerable populations for their benefit and growth. These workshops promote the arts and humanities as catalytic tools for individual and collective enrichment,” said Lilian Díaz, Executive Vice President and Business Group Director at FirstBank.
“Atmospheric adversities have not stopped with other social and economic situations, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought other challenges that have particularly affected children and young people,” said Adelisa González-Lugo, Director executive and principal educator of the Fundación Cortés.
“We thank FirstBank for their continued support over the past few years, with this donation we will deliver workshops to 106 public school students across Puerto Rico and continue to embed the social values that are fundamental today, such as identity, culture, self-management, social justice, and dignity,” she said.