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JULY 2016: LUMINARI NEWSLETTER

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THE COLORS OF DIPLOMACY
by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

When I reflect back on the three days Luminari’s “I Want to be an Ambassador” camp spent in Washington, D.C. , I see colors—the bright colors of culture and diplomacy and learning and fun.
It was a busy three days in June for our 14 young ambassadors. While in the nation’s capital, we enjoyed a whirlwind of activities... read more
TEEN WRITER: THE WORLD IS OUR RESEARCH LAB!
by Gina Catanzarite, director, Teen Writer!

I suppose kids who go to summer sleep-away camp – the kind with tents and hikes and campfires and cabin mates – come home exhausted, but in a good way. Fresh air, lively activity, a few new skills, a lot of new friends. I like to think the kids who participate in Luminari’s Teen Writer! camp come home the same way... read more

Nutrition consultant and Camp Director Leslie Bonci, Camp Chef Lisa Silberg and teen participant Gabriella Regalado Lluberes talk about Camp Delicious! and getting kids active in the kitchen this summer on Pittsburgh Today Live!
TEEN AMBASSADORS IN THEIR OWN WORDS...
"On the first day of camp, I was nervous, and I did not know what to expect. Coming out of camp now, I do not feel like I have been totally changed. What I think happened was my brain got a little fuller, and I learned a really important value. That value is fearlessness." Read more...
"I learned a lot more about what it really means to be an ambassador, and how to communicate with other people more effectively. I also made new friends, learned about different cultures, and was influenced by a multitude of people."  
Read more...
SPEAK & TELL! TEENS IN THEIR OWN WORDS...
I ate the hottest pepper in the world…So it was a normal day at my house. Just me and my brother. Eventually, he told me about a pepper garden that his friend was growing and asked, “do you want to eat the Carolina reaper pepper?”
Read more...
"I think boredom is pretty cool. When you are bored your brain tries to find things to fill that mental gap. It boosts your creativity and causes you to think outside the box. I get bored easily, which led me to discover many of my interests." Read more...
2 WINNERS will be selected for the SEPTEMBER ISSUE:
SHARE YOUR STORY for a chance to win!

WRITING CONTEST

At Luminari we are inspired by great stories and we believe good writing should always be supported, valued and shared. This is your opportunity to let your writing skills shine: submit todayTWO WINNERS will be selected from all of the eligible submissions to receive a $50 TARGET GIFT CARD. sponsored by PghPsych, and have their entries featured in the September issue of LUMOS! 

WHAT'S THAT SOUND?
The OCTOBASS

by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

Our series of unusual and unique musical instruments continues with the octobass, an extreme version of the double bass, was invented around 1850 in Paris. Like a double bass, it has three strings. But unlike the more conventional versions of the bass, the octobass also has a set of levers and foot pedals...  read more
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2016 TEEN CAMPERS!!
14 teens successfully completed our seventh annual I Want to be an Ambassador! camp this summer.
11 teens successfully completed our fifth annual Teen Writer! camp this summer.
7 teens successfully completed our first annual Speak & Tell! camp this summer.
18 teens successfully completed our third annual Camp Delicious! this summer.
LUMINARI programs are made possible by the generous support of our SPONSORS
We are extremely grateful for their belief in our mission and continued support!
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About Luminari 
Luminari is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activites that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.

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