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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Performing Arts, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: To promote youth leadership and social change in violence torn, impoverished urban environments through intensive creative and performing arts programming

Results: Served 80 girls in or at risk of entrance into the juvenile justice system over 4 years during the construction of the Girls on the Move Project.  Girls who completed each 12 week arts leadership semester noted immediate improvements in self esteem, peer social skills, motivation, and anger management, Those who completed all three semesters of the project noted increased improvements in all the above areas. In addition, their peer mentorship skills improved and their motivation to engage in social change efforts in their community increased.

Target demographics: Low income adolescent girls and boys living in violence torn, impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia between the ages of 14 - 17 years.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 adolescent girls per year, or two groups of 20 girls and 20 boys per year.

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia

Programs: The Girls on the Move Project: a two year intensive arts leadership program for adolescent girls living in violence torn, impoverished communities, promoting positive self esteem, self expression, leadership, peer mentorship and community advocacy skills. The Men in the Making Project: a two year intensive arts leadership program for adolescent boys living in violence torn, impoverished communities, promoting positive self esteem, self expression, leadership, peer mentorship and community advocacy skills.

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