A 9th grade student at Wahalla HS wanted to pay it forward by using her talents and life experiences to help other kids. Born in Tucson, Arizona, her early childhood was a bit less traditional than many. She spent nearly half of her first 10 years under Child Protective Services supervision and bounced between a variety of family members for her primary care. Through each transition, she relied heavily on art as an outlet for self-expression and an escape from the surrounding situation.
In 2019, Alyza was adopted and moved to Tennessee then to South Carolina where she has continued to draw and explore all different types of art. Often when she wanted to sketch at night, she struggled with an idea of what to create, thus came the idea of a prompted sketchbook.
One side of each page highlights one of Alyza’s drawings, along with a story about something that makes her happy. On the corresponding page is a prompt with a suggestion to draw something in that same category, along with a few ideas about what the reader might draw.
Alyza’s book, DRAW YOUR HAPPY, was created for other kids who may also need an outlet. The idea is to use creative energies to help focus on the positive, with the intent reach kids facing a difficult time, whether that be illness, divorce, foster/adoption, or any type of childhood trauma (age target 8-12). It is also recommended as a bridge for parents to use to reconnect to their child during reunification visits.
While they are for sale, many books have been donated to women's and children's crisis centers, children's outreach and counseling locations and hospitals all over the state and beyond.