Help ARTS Empower at-risk youth through arts education and creative career opportunities.

submission by kathrynrs
Help ARTS Empower at-risk youth through arts education and creative career opportunities.



Describe the creative youth microprojects that your nonprofit would fundraise for if you win.


A Reason To Survive's Empower Program is an arts-based after-school program that focuses on college and career preparedness for youth who are interested in the creative industries. The multi-year program is designed to prepare youth, ages 15-23, for success academically, professionally and socially. Along with intensive art instruction and professional mentorships, youth also receive assistance with interviews and resumes, develop leadership skills, and explore career and college possibilities. ARTS is expanding Empower to also include an arts enterprise workforce component, which will provide 40 low-income youth with creative job training and paid apprenticeships with professional artists in the community. Youth will build job skills in the field of design, landscape architecture, engineering, carpentry, welding and fabrication. Youth will be exposed to new creative career possibilities, increase their civic engagement and create community art projects.

Explain how possibly gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able you to complete these projects.

Funding support will help provide low-income youth with the academic and socio-emotional skills needed to increase rates of graduation, and postsecondary degrees or vocational certificates. ARTS will offer free arts education and creative employment opportunities, primarily during critical after-school hours. The National Endowment for the Arts emphasizes the importance of access to arts education, citing better grades, increased critical thinking, higher rates of college enrollment and graduation, as well as increased civic engagement. ARTS will provide paid opportunities for youth to explore creative industries, work alongside of local artists and learn practical workforce skills as they create public art to beautify and transform their community.

Describe why your nonprofit is innovative and entrepreneurial.


Since 2001, A Reason To Survive (ARTS) has used all art forms as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting change for youth facing major life challenges – abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, terminal or chronic illness, foster care, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges, incarceration, bereavement or parents in the military. A Reason To Survive is dedicated to providing, supporting and advocating for creative arts programs that heal, inspire and empower youth facing adversity. ARTS has developed a sequential program model based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that provides short, intermediate, and long-term opportunities in the arts: Our three core programs are: Heal (therapeutic arts programming providing hope, safety, love and belonging for those facing crisis), Inspire (redirects youth on a positive life path through formal arts education for youth moving through crisis) and Empower (launching once at-risk youth through arts-based college and career readiness).

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Submission Began
Monday, January 07

Submission Ended
Friday, February 01
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Voting Began
Monday, February 18

Voting Ended
Friday, March 01
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Winner Announced
Friday, March 08

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