DISCOVERY ART FOR YOUTH
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Discovery Art for Youth was established to provide hope, healing and growth for vulnerable, traumatized and at-risk children and youth.
We create high quality expressive art creative resources to help children and youth have a safe way to:
Process their Emotions
Develop Positive Coping Skills
Reflect and Grow
Know their Value
Find their Voice &
Realize how they can make a positive difference in this world.
We provide our educational expressive art coloring activity books to organizations, leaders, counselors, child life specialists, teachers and mentors who are caring for children and youth in the following areas:
Social Emotional Wellness
Mentoring children and youth to reach their full potential with a focus on:
Foster Care Kids
Abused & Neglected Youth
Low Income Schools
Empowering children and youth to cultivate a whole, beautiful and meaningful life.
Our expressive art coloring activity books focus on more than 20 themes and lessons that encourage the healthy expression of feelings that include:
Making a Difference
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Christina established Discovery Art for Youth with a desire to create beautifully designed resources that help children and youth thrive in all areas of their lives. She launched her vision as a nonprofit organization in order to donate these books to youth who are going through difficult experiences in their lives. A teacher and certified art therapist, Christina has traveled around the world leading youth of diverse backgrounds to discover hope, healing and growth in their lives through nature, reflection and creativity. She is the founder and executive director of Discovery Art for Youth.
Jamie leads the design of our Discovery Art Wellness Centers that provide a safe space for youth to cultivate a whole, beautiful and meaningful life. Her healing environments ensure that children and youth are surrounded by the beauty of nature to help them process their emotions, learn how to self-regulate, foster courage, develop positive coping skills, reduce anxiety and have a safe space to express themselves. The wellness spaces also help youth discover hope, cultivate healing and foster growth in their lives. Jamie is a mom to three young children.
Inspired by Christina DiMari’s story, Irene was driven to become a mentor for young girls in her community. She also launched a national annual conference during Women’s History Month that encourages women in leadership on college campuses to mentor and empower young girls. Irene also creates opportunities for students to mentor children using the Discovery Art for Youth expressive art coloring books. In addition to her volunteer role as mentoring director, Irene is the Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications at Westmont College.
Jessie is passionate about the mission of Discovery Art for Youth. She loves how the expressive art coloring books give kids a chance to reflect, express themselves in creative ways, and set positive goals for their lives. Jessie helps with our outreach to children and youth in the area of mental health, which includes art therapy, social emotional wellness, trauma care and grief care. She especially loves helping children and youth who are vulnerable and at risk. Jessie and her husband, Sam, enjoy frequent trips to the mountains to snowboard, and recently started fly fishing.
DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION
Ashley Limbaugh is our beloved college intern! She has enjoyed drawing and painting the natural world ever since she was young. Throughout her childhood, she explored over 30 National Parks in the United States and Canada with her family and developed a love and connection to nature as a place to both relax and reflect. Through Discovery Art for Youth, she has found so much joy being able to illustrate the beauty of nature and its creatures for kids, and has found that it gives her a reflective and mindful purpose. Ashley loves helping children heal and grow.
Josh & Joy Steinrock
TREASURER & SECRETARY
Josh and Joy Steinrock pour themselves into our youth development outreach. The Steinrock's live on Scattered Seeds Farm where they scatter seeds of love by opening their home to others. They are passionate about providing the Discovery Art for Youth expressive art coloring books to children and youth who use the activities to process difficult experiences, and focus on the positive aspects of their life at the same time. Josh and Joy love how the books break down important concepts in creative lessons that are simple, yet powerful.
ART AS THERAPY
“Children see the world around them with a different lens than we do as adults. Art, when used as therapy, is part of nonverbal communication for children who may not be able to articulate their emotions and feelings. Art in healing spaces has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and length of stays. We don’t underestimate its lasting positive effects in a hospital, particularly on young patients. It’s a powerful tool we have in our toolbox.”
Blair Christy, director of Art and Healing
St John’s Health, Jackson Hole, WY