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Program Information
Program Name: Express Yourself Experience
Year the Program was Started: 1979
Public Contact Person: Rosalind Guy-Kimbrough
Address: 4055 Laclede Ave Suite 217
St. Louis, MO 63108
Telephone #: 314-630-3463
Fax #: 314-531-0408
Email Address: ExperienceYours@AOL.Com
Program Category: Advocacy, Recovery Education, Recreation/Arts
Target Participants:
African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Men, Women, Co-occurring substance abuse, Co-occurring HIV/AIDS, Co-occurring MR/DD, Trauma Survivors, Persons w/ Criminal Justice Issues, Persons who are Homeless, Veterans, Children, Families of Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults, Other
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: The specific goals of the EXPRESS YOURSELF EXPERIENCE (also known as EYE) are to give consumers and or families an opportunity to focus on events and situations other than loneliness, hopelessness and other conditions that come with various mental health disorders. Consumers an or families are given the opportunity to visually document and EXPRESS their prospective of an EXPERIENCE. Consumers and or families can also create a loving environment. This EXPERIENCE can be shared with loved ones and will last for years to come.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: The outcomes of the EXPRESS YOURSELF EXPERIENCE are many including a new hobby and possibly leading to employment including free lance work. The most important outcome is that consumers and or families are drawn out of isolation. A purpose in this life is reestablished. Consumers and or families now have become producers rather than just consumers. New relationships even friendships spring into action. A new world is open to all needing to EXPRESS their new SELF.
Program Mission Statement: The mission of the EXPRESS YOURSELF EXPERIENCE is to take the blindfolds off the face of mental disorders and create brighter days. Each of us are the EYEs of GOD.
Additional Information: The EXPRESS YOURSELF EXPERIENCE is an excellent means to bring families together while bridging the divide of two worlds.

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