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Julio’s Story

December 10, 2018
Who is Julio?   Back in 2013, Julio was a young man who was incarcerated at Camp Gonzalez, a now-closed juvenile-detention facility for minors. Before his incarceration, Julio was living in South Central LA, experiencing a childhood filled with violence and drug addiction. As a child,

A Letter from Yolanda

September 20, 2018
Dear Friend, Last week our Executive Director, Melissa Denton, told you about the critical role of Teaching Artists and how The Unusual Suspects (US) ensures – with your direct help – that they have the tools to deliver quality programs. (click HERE if you missed it).  I am Yolanda


September 13, 2018
Dear Friend, The arts are vital, especially for our most vulnerable youth. According to the National Endowment for the Arts:  “students who have arts-rich experiences in school do better across-the-board academically, and they also become more active and engaged citizens, voting, volunteering,

Want to see a show?

August 20, 2018
    Join US for “The Secrets We Don’t Know” In my eyes You’ll see tears that dried The days I’ve cried The years I’ve seen In my eyes You’ll see the lives I’ve lived The soul I bear And the times I tried to conceal Myself In my eyes

US Alumni Share the Power of Mentorship

June 11, 2018
At our 10th Annual Gala: Be Unusual on May 8th 2018 we celebrated the power of mentorship. That evening, we were fortunate to have two of our alumni share their personal stories of the impact The Unusual Suspects has had on their lives. Video footage by Ashley Media

Highlights from our 10th Annual Gala: Be Unusual

May 23, 2018
Thank you to everyone, near and far, who supported US at our 10th Annual Gala: Be Unusual on May 8th, 2018 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. With your help, we work in service of our mission to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative,

Be Unusual With Us this Spring

March 20, 2018
Click to Buy Tickets or Become a Sponsor! See our Full Calendar Thank you! Thanks to a generous grant from Women Helping Youth (WHY), every Youth Theatre Residency Program now has access to professional production tools that enable our students to learn production design while enhancing their

The Inspire US!

February 22, 2018
    Zach Brown and Tiffany Haddish share our deep belief in the power of mentorship to help youth recognize their full potential, and now it’s our turn to recognize them!   A Bird’s Eye View of US You know all about what we do, but do you know where we do it?   Our

Spotlight On: Youth with the Power to Speak Up

February 21, 2018
“The activists are grieving, too, but it’s not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of the Never Again leaders are dedicated members of the drama club.“ This powerful article from the New Yorker by Emily Witt is a reminder that even in the darkest times, our work connects to
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