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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.


US is proud to be a founding member of an exciting new collaborative, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). Together, AIYN members are building a stronger, more collaborative private/public partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in order to improve the reintegration process for youth offenders. In 2015, AIYN provided summer programs at six juvenile camps in conjunction with the Children’s Defense Fund. 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.


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.


The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is President Obama’s signature education and poverty program to transform schools and communities into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is the lead agency for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood. US is proud to partner with YPI to bring our flagship Youth Theater Residency Program and in-class VAST program to San Fernando High School, Maclay Middle School, and Vaughn Middle school.


LAEP is an innovative leader in school transformation, known for proven, effective programs and collaboration that is responsive to student needs working in high-poverty, multicultural communities across Los Angeles County, from the northeast San Fernando Valley to East and South Los Angeles. LAEP provides hands on support with logistics, outreach, and recruitment for our San Fernando High School students.


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 currently partners with LA County Probation to bring our flagship Youth Theater Residency Program to the teenage boys incarcerated at Camp David Gonzales. US has also provided programs at Central Juvenile Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, Camp Glenn Rockey in San Dimas, Camp Miller in Calabasas, and Camp Scott (girls), also in Calabasas.