Interdependence is about bringing out the best in each other. Through interdependence youth learn to become resourceful, by recognizing resources and learning how to seek help in their environment. Further, interdependence teaches youth to learn how their actions impact others, thus to take responsibility for their role. Steven Covey, author of the best- selling Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, stresses that interdependence is a characteristic of the most successful people. Truly happy and healthy people are neither dependent nor independent; they are interdependent.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Free Arts NW inspires a sense of interdependence and mutual support among the youth we work with. We most commonly work in groups and process how one’s behaviors may impact the success or failure of the entire group. Participation in community arts projects provides lessons in interdependence. All of the participants rely on one another and will join together for the accomplishments of the group.