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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of the organization is to counter the effects of violence in our communities by turning fear, anger and hate into acceptance, hope and empowerment, by bridging endless possibilities through the creative process. Vision: inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices,opening them up to possibilities and purposes for their life in a brighter tomorrow. Sculptural symbolcreation of a sculptural symbol 24 feet in height that was erected and unveiled in may 2005 in central phoenix made from weapons confiscated from various crimes and set aside by various law enforcement agencies in metro phoenix. The release the fear sculpture symbolizes the energy of transforming the enormous weight of negativism and prejudice into the uplifting force of acceptance once we see ourselves and others as being more similar than diverse. Educational programs: currently rtf has six educational programs:1. Inside-out bridging possibilities program, launched in the summer of 2005,

Programs: In may 2014, release the fear was accredited by the arizona department of education as a character education provider. Murphy school district 21 and other charter schools applied and received matching funds for rtf to deliver 26 character-education workshops, which we able to reach an additional 780 youth thus far. Release the fear was recently selected as one of two agencies in arizona to receive arizona department of education license plate funding for five years, allowing them to expand their reach and inspire and empower hundreds of additional youth per year throughout arizona's communities. Lil wayne, internationally renowned rapper, sponsored a series of the rtf second chance programs, helping young people transition to a more positive life from a life behind bars in secure care or jail. In july 2014, for the second year in a row, robert miley was honored to present our mission and life-changing programs to members of the british parliament and to us congressmen, representatives, and community leaders. Arizona department of juvenile corrections released a report on a three-year longitudinal study showing that release the fears programs are helping to reducing recidivism. Rtf regularly participates in the city of phoenix art detour and first friday weekend art festivals, displaying the art projects completed during their many workshops. In march 2014, rtf presented a fashion show that featured graffiti-inspired clothing designs from students and faculty at the design school in the herberger institute for design and the arts at asu's tempe campus. Local dignitaries including judd and billie jo herberger as well as former arizona attorney general terry goddard attended the inaugural event, which helped raise money for rtf's programs. The show marked a collaboration between two agencies dedicated to the improvement of phoenix, both supported by the herberger family and foundation. In april 2014, stephen hunter of the nba suns was release the fear's special guest speaker at the second chance workshop, sharing what inpsired him to achieve his dream of playing in the nba. In 2014, rtf provided services to 1150 youth. Rtf workshops were conducted at several different locations throughout the phoenix area. Rtf celebrated it's 18th year having cumulatively interacted with over 7,500 youth who now know that they matter.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brett16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Release the Fear is a manifestation of Robert Miley's passion for helping children overcome their environmental risk factors and influences. He has created an organization that instills positive life changes for at risk youth using the creative processes of art, music, and communication. This program teaches children the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need in order for them to make better decisions and, as a result, create better outcomes. The program builds self-esteem and teaches self awareness. It is a wonderful organization that inspires and empowers children to make better life choices.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Release the Fear gives us the tools to become who we are meant to be by helping us to discard all that inhibits us and allows us to open ourselves up to new thought patterns, new ideas and new destinations. Through group activities, we learn to relate to those around us, having a better understanding of who they are and how we all connect. By individual introspection, we come to see who we truly are and are able to work through all that holds us back from the place of where we shine as our best self. It pulls a person through extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation helping them to see the gift of who they are and the wonder of giving that gift to others. Release the Fear challenges the very essence of our beings, bettering who we are and therefore creating the dynamic of going out into the world, knowing that we can make a difference. Kellianne P.Miley

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Release the Fear is an organization that strives to help youth analyze their fears and realize that others share those same fears. It requires them to reflect on their own thought processes and dialogue with others to problem solve. Release the Fear encourages all of this by using the "creative" side of the brain. I have personally observed workshops at Excelencia school and saw students who were reluctant to share on the first day of the workshop become fully engaged by the the last session. This unique approach helped students realize that they do have control over their lives.