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PARTNERS

Partnerships are key to The Unusual Suspects’ success. We use theatre arts to help build individual resiliency and community strength in neighborhoods where violence is rampant and poverty is high. Our partners help us understand the ways in which we can deploy our theatre arts program to be most responsive and helpful to the specific needs and wishes of the individuals in each unique community.

AIYN

US is proud to be a founding member of The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). AIYN is an interdisciplinary collaborative that provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system. The only collaborative of its kind for incarcerated youth in California, the innovative, leading-edge approach of AIYN’s arts-education programs holds the promise of becoming a national public/private model. The other founding members of this collaborative network are Armory Center for the Arts, Bold Ink Writers, Coalition for Engaged Education, InsideOut Writers, Rhythm Arts Alliance and Street Poets.

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock’s mission is to be innovative in providing multidisciplinary, arts-inclusive programming to the diverse communities of northeast Los Angeles… and beyond.

Edison Middle School

Our mission is to develop students who understand the value of education, and the need for lifelong learning, make connections across the disciplines, apply their understandings to real-world contexts as practitioners and apprentices, exhibit creative and critical thinking, make suppositions, question viewpoints, and search for patterns, adapt to a changing technological world, practice physical, mental, emotional, and social wellness, demonstrate character through caring, honesty, trust, appreciation of differences and family, conduct themselves safely, respectfully, and responsibly, set goals, explore professional directions, and demonstrate perseverance.

FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY

Friends of the Family is a comprehensive family resource center known for pioneering innovative, practical programs where families are recognized as central to a child’s well being and are supported to build on their skills and strengths. US is proud to partner with Friends of the Family to bring our intergenerational Neighborhood Voices community program to residents ages 10 – 65+ to Pacoima since 2009.

LAUSD ARTS EDUCATION BRANCH – ARTS COMMUNITY NETWORK

An arts education stewarded by a combination of classroom teachers, arts teachers, parents and a collaborative arts community guarantees student access to a world of creative thinking, learning and growing. Through our Arts Community Network, LAUSD supports organizations that enhance our students’ arts education experience.  When we send professional teaching artists directly into the classroom, it transforms the learning environment.  When students visit a museum, theater, concert hall, or cultural institution, they deepen their understanding of our city and our world.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), with a budget of approximately $2.4 billion, is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States, directly operating programs in more than 85 sites, and providing services through contract programs and LACDMH staff at approximately 300 sites co-located with other County departments, schools, courts and various organizations. Each year, the County contracts with close to 1,000 organizations and individual practitioners to provide a variety of mental health-related services. On average, more than 250,000 County residents of all ages are served every year.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT

The LA County probation Department runs 13 probation camps and 3 juvenile halls throughout Los Angeles County that house adolescents caught up in the juvenile justice system. US has partnered with LA County Probation to bring our flagship Youth Theatre Residency Program to the minors incarcerated at Camp David Gonzales in Calabasas, Central Juvenile hall in Downtown Los Angeles, Camp Glenn Rockey in San Dimas, Camp Miller (boys) and Camp Scott (girls), also in Calabasas.

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District serves over 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at over 1,000 schools. The District also has over 200 independently-operated public charter schools, authorized by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education. Mission: Embracing our diversity to educate L.A.’s youth, ensure academic achievement and empower tomorrow’s leaders. We are L.A. Unified

OFFICE OF 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS

Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as an effective leader for more than two million Second District residents. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas authored and led LA County’s unprecedented effort to end homelessness through Measure H.  He is a board member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and LA Care, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.

OFFICE OF 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR SHEILA KUEHL

Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl was first elected to represent Los Angeles County’s Third District on November 4, 2014 and was reelected to her second term on November 6, 2018. As a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and immediate past Chair, she has led the way and worked on a great many initiatives and motions to improve people’s lives and reform systems in the County.

PARTNERSHIP FOR LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the United States. We are a non-profit managing 18 LA Unified schools serving approximately 14,00 students, making us about as large as the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District.

STAR VIEW ADOLESCENT CENTER

Star View Adolescent Center in Torrance serves California’s highest needs adolescents. It is a comprehensive mental health treatment program for young people with severe emotional challenges who cannot be treated effectively in other existing community-based intensive treatment programs. Star View’s multilevel program combines high-quality residential care and educational services with mental health treatment and rehabilitation. Unique in California, our integrated program eliminates the need to admit children in acute psychiatric crisis to a hospital where they are unknown and very well might not be able to resume their residential placement.