In mid-June, two teen girls from 92129 participated in the week-long Girls Give Back “Crafting Social Change” program. Jamie Arnold and Emma Glassman-Hughes, both of Mt. Carmel High, spent their time learning how to give back to the community through the arts. Girls Give Back, a program of Jewish Family Service empowers teens to become the next generation of female leaders.

The teens filled their own 16 x 20 shadow box with the 3D art, poetry, photography, creative writing, oil pastels and collages representing community problems plaguing San Diego and teen-solutions for each. Some of the topics addressed include teen dating violence, girls and body image. For information on Girls Give Back, visit