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NEED & IMPACT

Los Angeles is home to some of the highest rates of youth incarceration, high-school dropout, teen pregnancy, and gang violence in the nation. With so many local communities suffering, we identify those neighborhoods, schools, and regions most impacted communally and economically. Our work helps empower and transform lives, families, and communities by building trusting relationships and providing mentorship, education, and futures filled with hope, healing and opportunity.

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ECONOMY

The financial burdens of incarcerating youth (many of whom become casualties of recidivism) are overwhelming our cities, county, and state. When we reflect on the outcomes of those who participate in our programs, who then go on to graduate, gain employment, contribute to their communities, and break generational, systemic cycles of poverty, the cost-benefit of our work becomes crystal clear.

SEE THE NUMBERS
  • $11,000 per year to educate one youth in public school
  • $90,000 per year to incarcerate one youth in the state corrections system
  • $2000 per youth for 10 weeks of our transformative program
  • Served: 621 kids in ’2014-’2015 school year
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EDUCATION

Levels of education have been correlated with issues of poverty, income and crime. Youth who successfully complete our programs are less likely to dropout of high school, and more likely to perform well while in school, go on to graduate, and attend college

SEE THE NUMBERS
  • In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the high-school dropout rate is nearly 40%
  • Students with access to the arts in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree (17 percent versus five percent).
  • HS INVOLVEMENT IN ARTS = 3x MORE LIKELY TO EARN DEGREE
  • Students involved in drama performance outscore the national average SAT scores in both the verbal and math sections.
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MENTORSHIP

At-risk youth often don’t have access to adults who model healthy relational and communal behaviors. The benefits of healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees in conjunction with arts programming are both immediate and long-term.

SEE THE NUMBERS
  • 98% of youth mentored stay in school
  • 98% of youth mentored did not become a teen parent
  • 98% of youth mentored avoided gang participation
  • 85% of youth mentored did not use drugs
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INCARCERATION

Many youth end up returning to prison if not provided real opportunity for reform while there. Numbers among youth who participate in arts programs like ours in LA County detention camps compared to those who do not are staggering.

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  • The rate of re-incarceration is 58% lower
  • The rate of re-arrest is 45% lower
  • The rate of probation violations is 37% lower
  • The rate of successful completion of probation is 22% higher
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COMMUNITY

We see the proven, measurable impact of providing arts education and mentorship to at-risk youth in the communities we work in every day. Statistical outcomes of teen pregnancy, poverty, gang involvement and crime are reduced and replaced with positive cycles and community engagement.

SEE THE NUMBERS
  • 50% of at risk adults with arts-rich backgrounds expect to have a high-achieving professional career vs 21% of those without
  • 47% of young adults (low SES) with arts-rich backgrounds actively volunteered vs 26% of those with low arts (low SES)
  • 45% of low SES young adults with high-arts backgrounds voted in the 2004 National Election vs 31% of those with low/no arts (low SES)