INSIDE OUT COMMUNITY ARTS INC

Rating: 4.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 2210 Lincoln Blvd Offices @ 2nd Floor Venice CA 90291 USA

Mission: Through visual and performing arts workshops, performances and festivals, our mission is to give youth from all backgrounds the tools, confidence and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world... from the inside out.
Target demographics: Middle school youth in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a student member of the Inside Out Community Arts Program from 2000-2002 at Henry Clay Middle School. I joined the program out of sheer curiosity and had little understanding of what I was about to get myself into. Joining the Iniside Out Program was one of the best decisions of my life!
Through this program I interacted with great artists, whose interest was to share their trade with us and to guide us through community building within our school. In the Inside Out Program, I was finally able to express myself, regarding all of the problems that I was feeling as a pre-teen and of any problems concerning the community that I lived in. Inside Out gives it students the necessary tools to cope with the world around them and provides them with a safe place to find their voices. The students participate in various workshops that prepare them for their "final project", which is to write and perform and original play about a topic of the students' choosing. The students also get to participate in weekend workshops with their parents and get to go an a weekend camping trip where the students meet students from neighboring middle schools. On this trip the students put the final touches on their plays and get to perform and critique each others plays, before they are performed for their parents.

Inside Out gives their students a sense of autonomy and control and provides the students with the tools to be able to communicate with others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I experienced the success of this organization by finding an arts program in high school (due to my interest being sparked through the program) and because I learned to communicate and appreciate others through the program, I stayed out of trouble even though I live in a very troubled community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would give them more funds in order to for them to be able to provide their services to more students in the LA area.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through word of mouth at my middle school.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group encouraged me to look beyond the problems in my neighborhood and taught me to strive for greatness. The program encouraged me to stay out of trouble, which ultimately allowed me to reach a great goal, to be the first in my family to graduate from college.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first came to Inside Out as an 8th grader, I was extremely shy and I didn't know how I'd push myself to become the person that I didn't think I was. I was skeptical of the program, as I didn't expect it to be such an interactive program that I would be a part of for the years to come. My experience of being in such an interactive environments with other kids my age was limited, as I was in independent study. However, the artist leaders and youth artist leaders helped me throughout the entire process. I found a part of myself that I didn't even know existed. I learned that I was a leader who deserved to be heard and that theater arts was something that I loved. Inside Out helped me to believe in myself.

When I came back as a mentor, it was an entirely new experience! I became a part of a large network of mentors who became like family to me. Inside Out is my home away from home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

developing myself as a human being. I learned that I had courage, more self confidence than I knew I could have, was a leader, loved theater, and most importantly had a voice that mattered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing! This program is great just the way that it is. It's got something for everyone. When you graduate from the program as a student, you can still go back as a mentor. When you're a junior in high school, you can work as a Youth Artist Leader. When you graduate from high school, you can began training to be an artist leader.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

There are no changes!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It allowed me to stay with the program long after I had graduated as a student in 2007. My other family is at Inside Out!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was a part of helping students to realize their abilities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Me and some people from from my school go to Inside Out and we really never thought that this program would be this way. This is a good program. it will help you in the future to not be so shy. At inside out they make us do thing that help you use your voice in diffrent ways. This a good program helps you express your self.

From Asante and Josue, students at mark twain middle school

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

we have experienced lots of laughter and we have got to meet new people along the way

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

my fellow group mate thinks a few things should be changed like some of the exercise

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