At the Y we believe all children should have the opportunity to participate in the arts. By providing creative experiences for children in our facilities and school districts we strive to narrow the achievement gap.
A National Endowment for the Arts report states "that at-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied. These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth”
Some communities lack the opportunity and resources they need to thrive. While the world only pays attention to these places when they make national news headlines, the Y is on the ground every day helping break out of the cycle of poverty with safe spaces, mentorship programs, healthy meals, education and more.
Please join me in helping provide high-impact arts opportunities to youth in our communities.
Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem, Director of Arts