project insight




Project Insight is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Mycah Lee Arellano-Blake. Our mission is to empower individuals by promoting their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Empowerment is accomplished through the offering of creative healing and educational tools. For the past 10 years, Project Insight has hosted a weeklong day camp for youths.



We are in the process of evaluating upcoming events!


An Evening of Art from the Heart is held at El Rocio Retreat featuring live music, wine-tasting, an art show, live & silent auction. Each year there is an award recipient. An Evening of Art from the Heart is held the last week of February.

Hope Expo is held in October. This event is for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers. It's to inform the Community that there is H.O.P.E..That they can go to a place where others understand what they are going through emotionally. H.O.P.E. offers a weekly workshop and introduces Creative Journal Expressive Arts. At the Expo you will see Keynote speakers, Healthy food demonstrations. Medical services & information, cancer information, Home Health, Handicrafts, dance, music, massages, etc...



The first Project Insight Summer Youth Camp for youth ages ranging from 13-17yrs of age was held on June 20-24, 2005 at El Rocio Retreat. Eleven teen campers attended the week long event traveling from as far away as Missouri. The final camp was held on June 23-27, 2014. It would not of been possible without the community support.

The contributors to camp who donated to keep it going. Also the great volunteers from near and far who have made each year a success. Click on the sponsors tab above to see which companies have contributed to Project Insight. These companies strongly believe in what Project Insight has to offer the community.



Creative Journal for Schools takes a whole-child approach to education. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff work together to meet the intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of each and every child we serve.


The Creative Journal In Schools
In 1981 professors in the School of Education, California State University at Los Angeles, invited me to design curriculum and train teachers (K – 6) for a pilot program funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (E.S.E.A. Title II B). The Garvey School District, near East Los Angeles, had received a grant entitled Basic Skills Using Arts and Computer Personalization (BSACP). It was a control group study monitored by the University. The district’s population consisted of mostly non-English-speaking Hispanic and Asian families who were recent immigrants from war torn countries. Many were Cambodian “boat people” whose villages had been burned down and they had suffered severe trauma and loss.
I was hired to design and write a curriculum for two pilot schools: Marshall Elementary (K-6) and Fern Elementary (K-3), and to train and supervise teachers in the classroom. I assembled a team of highly innovative arts education specialists and consulted with them in authoring seven curriculum manuals (K-6). These contained daily lesson plans for teaching content from the California State required science and social studies text books using all the arts and Creative Journal activities (drawing and writing about personal feelings, experiences, values and goals)...

By Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., (Art Therapist Registered) R.E.A.T. (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) and bestselling Author of 18 books, including: The Creative Journal, Recovery of Your Inner Child, The Art of Emotional Healing, Visioning, The Creative Journal for Teens, The Creative Journal for Children, The Creative Journal for Parents



Meet Lucia Capacchione Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

Dr. Capacchione is a best-selling author of 18 books and audio CDs. A Registered Art Therapist and pioneering Expressive Arts Therapist, she conducts workshops and professional training using her innovative methods. Dr. Capacchione is known internationally as an expert in creativity. Dr. Capacchione sparks and nurtures creativity in all areas of life.



Marsha Nelson, Ph.D  Executive Director

Marsha Nelson, Ph.D

Executive Director

Izzy Torres, Jr.  President

Izzy Torres, Jr.


Liz Ann Garcia   President 

Liz Ann Garcia

Vice President

Dan Nelson  Treasurer

Dan Nelson


Jessica Ochoa  Recording Secretary

Jessica Ochoa

Recording Secretary

Elva Villarreal  Corresponding Secretary

Elva Villarreal

Corresponding Secretary

Yvonne Salinas   Youth Director

Yvonne Salinas

Youth Director

Susie Pena  Historian

Susie Pena


Alejandra Ivanez  Coordinator of  Community  Volunteers

Alejandra Ivanez

Coordinator of Community Volunteers


Meet the Founder

Mycah Lee Arellano-Blake has over 25 years of non-profit professional & volunteer leadership. He is known as a passionate, strong, community leader. He is a licensed and certified substance abuse clinician and certified life coach through the Creative Journal Expressive Arts certification training program. Mycah Lee Arellano‐Blake was born in Edinburg, Texas on the border of Mexico. He was raised by a single mother along with his five siblings. He spent his formative years in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood commonly known as the Barrio. It was in the barrio where Mycah held onto a dream that he wanted a better life for himself and his family.