At Lehman College, a Military Veteran Encourages Creativity

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JR Martinez (center) with students taking part in an 11-week creative writing workshop at Lehman College. Photo courtesy Department of Youth and Community Development

J.R. Martinez (center) shared his back story to 100 Bronx men looking for a dose of inspiration. Martinez, a 2011 Dancing with the Stars winner, military veteran and author of Full of Heart took part in the city Department of Youth and Community Development’s Transition to High School Program, encouraging students to draft a book chapter that delves into a key moment in their personal life. Students from High School 433 in Kingsbridge and Pelham Prepatory Academy in Pelham Gardens will take part in the 11-week program.

Held at Lehman College, the program looks to spur creativity while encouraging the fundamentals of writing. The course will allow students to tap into their creative potential through other writing mediums that include poetry, rap, and screenplays.

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