The East Carolina University news has featured the work of North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow Parteek Singla. Singla, a medical student at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, has created Project JUMPST(ART) which teaches young people to talk about issues that impact their health, such as drinking, drug use, and sex, through the medium of art.Â
On a recent Friday afternoon at the Building Hope Community Life Center near downtown Greenville, approximately 10 middle and high school boys focused their attention on an optical illusion.For the adolescent boys, the squinting was worth the effort: The illusion morphed into a color portrait of superstar Beyonce Knowles.…Â“Today was the wrap-up session on our discussion of bullying,” Singla said afterward. “The purpose of the session was to illustrate to students that there are multiple ways of looking at an image. What one person sees may not necessarily be what another person sees. The same concept can be applied to people and how our perceptions of others can change if we took the time to look at them from another perspective.”The activity also introduced students to optical illusions and helped them appreciate different art mediums.“It’s really fun,” said Jahtwan Mooring, 11, a sixth-grader at C.M. Eppes Middle School. “He does a good job of showing us arts and crafts and getting us to do hand-on activities” while also teaching about health topics.