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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Mission: Dramatic Results cultivates equity in education. We empower students and educators through arts-integrated programs, believing that every student, regardless of background, deserves access to quality learning experiences.

Results: We have been able to serve over 30,000 students and 400 classroom teachers. Independent evaluation consistently shows that students grow significantly in academics and engagement, as well as other skills that are key to their future success, including perseverance, teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and Design Thinking.

Target demographics: educators, students and underserved communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,000 students

Geographic areas served: Southern California & beyond

Programs: We partner with schools and community groups to provide arts-integrated programs that build student engagement in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Programs include All STEAMed Up, Math in a Basket, Summer STEAM Institute, the 3-year ABC Project, and more.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Math in a Basket has transformed my 4th graders since the program was implemented in my school last year. The in-service training provided to teachers before the first year of implementation was phenomenal; we spent four days learning about the "math" behind the program while we had the opportunity to create four unique baskets for ourselves. I believe that Dramatic Results truly embodies the Chinese proverb "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." By being involved in the basket making process ourselves, we were well equipped to help our students understand not only how to design and create a basket, but to learn some key mathematical concepts that are vital to success in 4th grade Common Core mathematics. The teaching team is top-notch; it's clear that Dramatic Results recruits and trains their teaching artists to combine their knowledge of art and engineering with meaningful mathematics instruction. Both last year and this year, I have had students come to life with enthusiasm for the program who previously thought of math as something difficult to understand. In addition, Dramatic Results has designed a 3-year inclusion program for classroom teachers which has allowed us to gradually take on more responsibility. The first year, we served as "guides on the side" while the teaching artists delivered the lessons. This year, the classroom teachers have collaborated to teach half of each lesson with guidance from the teaching artists. This interim step gives the classroom teachers the valuable opportunity to learn and embody the concepts before we "step up to the plate" next year as the primary instructors. The most amazing thing about our Math in a Basket program, however, centers around the students and their enthusiasm for learning. My 4th graders eagerly look forward to each lesson, and I have witnessed several at-risk students embrace both the program and the essential learning behind it. I feel truly lucky to be a part of this incredible program and, as a veteran teacher of 30+ years, I have yet to see a program that produces the same results as Math in a Basket.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is a breath of fresh air in an education system that is dated and lacking in meeting the holistic needs of all learners. One need only walk into a Dramatic Results’ class to find genuine excitement from students who are engaged, collaborating, and learning, all while having fun. I am a better educator for working with Dramatic Results and hope to be involved in the program in the future.

Bridget B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an industrial designer, I was definitely not the obvious choice as an intern for an education based nonprofit. But, Dramatic Results definitely flips the script on classic education. Through my time here, I have been able to share my experiences as a designer to students who would not normally get this kind of exposure. While working with Dramatic Results, I have been able to see the opportunities for design to elevate education. The entire time I worked with them, I always felt like my contributions and feedback were valued and taken seriously. I believe that Dramatic Results’ approach to education is paving way to a newer, more relavent way of learning.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results does outstanding work with the local youth of Long Beach. When I worked with them over the summer, I was able to see the difference their program made for students in only a week, which is quite the accomplishment. They also treat everyone with equal regard and respect and kindness regardless of background, which is a quality we need more of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m currently a pre-service teacher for Dramatic Results and I have to say this program has taught me the value of community and interpersonal skills. I would also like to add how Dramatic Results emphasizes on creating a safe space and judgement free zone for the students. I have personally seen the positive outcome!

Alique C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results (DR) truly showed me the power of community in a multitude of ways. We always hear and say "knowledge is power" and "it takes a village to raise a child..." But what about access to education? What about access to this village? Education is so much more than just school; it is about knowing how to reflect on oneself; how to communicate well; how to network and make relationships for future opportunities; how to establish and maintain relationships whether it be individually or organizationally—and all these things are factors that enhance education and enhance the power of community at a grassroots level. It is about empowerment; empowering not only our students, but everyone who wants to make a positive impact on the youth and community as a whole for a better tomorrow. DR is truly invested in the well-being of our youth and our community, and I am proud to be a part of its vision.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our boys were blessed not just once, but twice, to participate in summer programs sponsored by Dramatic Results. Last year, they were invited to participate in a STEAM camp at the US Sailing Center. They were excited every week to learn about sailing and engineering. They raced every week and were excited for the opportunity to apply their learning when they engineered and sailed their own boats! This past summer they were extremely appreciative of a second opportunity when they were invited to participate in the LB Yacht Club’s Wet Wednesday’s sailing events. The partnership between Dramatic Results and the US Sailing Center gave them an opportunity they’ll never forget - to compete on a team that included 3 other children in a sailing series against several adult teams. They came in 2nd Place, validating and affirming their abilities as participants, and magnifying this opportunity as something more than just a learning experience. Dramatic Results has been successful in extending the love for science beyond the classroom, by opening doors of opportunity for children who may have otherwise never have had the chance to partake in such activities. Thank you Dramatic Results for igniting these interests in our boys Micah and Maddox! They will never forget their two summers of sailing!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is an incredible nonprofit that's connecting the resources of the community with students and teachers. Not only do students enjoy learning, they actually get excited about it! To see their joy in using math, science and creativity, and how they're able to grow in their communication skills – it's truly one of a kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is such an amazing hands-on learning program and experience relating to real world experiences for our in-coming 6th grade girl (Raena). Her first experience with DR was during this past summer at the US Sailing Center. Raena had such a fun, adventurous, and memorable learning experience with Samai, Mike, Tori-Ann, Tatyana, and all the staff from both Dramatic Results, Mike, and his US Sailing staff. She learned how to sail a boat and her team even created one out of cardboard! Thanks to the ABC Scholarship program our little girl, Raena, will have the opportunity to immerse herself every Saturday morning with activities and/or lessons/mini-lessons integrated with Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, and Mathematics throughout the day and it has been such an exciting approach to her learning. She also writes about her experiences and shares them in class with everyone. She is exposed to new and challenging vocabulary words, which will also help her become a stronger reader. Raena is truly excited and looking forward to continue to be a part of Dramatic Results and the ABC Scholarship Program. We are extremely proud and grateful for all involved in her interests and support in her academics. We appreciate all involved in holding high accountability and expectations as well as ensuring collaborative/cooperative group learnings and constantly checking for understanding with high critical thinking. We are really blessed Raena is with Dramatic Results and couldn't be happier. It will prepare her for a happy and successful future. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we all look forward to the next three exciting years as well as getting to know Brenda (new Program Manager) as well. Thank you again Dramatic Results for all of your commitment, dedication, hard work, and time. :)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aware of the ABC Program by visiting the Nelson Academy Office and reading a pamphlet on the program because my son qualified a 6th grade student enrolled in accelerated classes. I applied online for my son Jilal and was contacted the next day by Brenda informing me that my son received the last spot in the program! She was very polite, informative, and professional while giving me the basic information on how to get started! I followed up with her today asking questions and she is very patient and excited to be working with all students who were afforded this great opportunity!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the summer, I had the opportunity to work with Dramatic Results; an amazing nonprofit organization which helps students understand the connection between art and STEM fields. Being able to see how they begin to think and make the connects with each activity they do is something I won't forget. Giving the students experiences they won't be able to obtain anywhere else such sailing, which was the first time I had ever gone sailing.

2 Lissette F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is an incredible organization that creates groundbreaking learning experiences. Students get excited to build academic skills and they grow so much in their confidence, teamwork, and engagement. Dramatic Results comes alongside schools and communities to empower educators to make a lasting impact on students, and it shows!

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is an amazing organization inspiring learning through art. The staff is passionate and the children are enthusiastic to take their learnings to the next level. The children are excited to advance their skills and gain much confidence in their learning abilities. Dramatic Results makes learning FUN! You can see that the children served are touched and inspired in a unique and artful manner. The program offers a delightful and engaging learning process!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very grateful and excited that LBUSD has such a great community that cares about their excelling students. We worked so hard with our children to push them to their full potential. I am glad that their are sponsors and ABC Scholars/Dramatic Results and everyone involved to be able to be apart of such a great STEAM program is an honor for not only my child, but also for me as a parent. My child is a GATE/EXCEL student and while this program is great for him in the classroom, having a program outside the classroom on the summer break and weekends will only help him improve and expand his knowledge and way of thinking with hands on experience. The STEAM program have an extensive mentors that will be helping the kids learn, grow, and think outside of the box. I recommend this program to any parent with a gifted student. This program really help the children reach their full potential and really challenge them. These creative minds need to be challenge on a daily and for my child to be among other peers too, group problem solving and working in groups also help them be prepare with the real world and social settings.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results is a stellar organization doing important work with the mission of using art to help students succeed. I got involved with DR in July of this year and have been so impressed with its mission and impact on students.

I was able to interview students and their parents during DR's summer program to help collect testimonials and I heard such touching stories of how the program helped them. One student said "after this program I know I can go into 6th grade feeling confident in learning". A mother said "my daughter wants to work for NASA one day and this program did wonders for her math and science skills and her self-esteem". All after just 3 weeks!

The programs really make the subjects come to life for the students. Kids who weren't interested in learning become engaged and start loving it. Just wonderful!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of my sons did Dramatic Results and to see their excitement and the difference in their attitudes after the first day was amazing. Dramatic Results helps students develop critical thinking skills to push forward in all areas of life. As a dad it's been really special to see this change in them.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Emma participated in the Summer STEAM program this year. When we found out she would get to do this program we were jumping up and down! She is going into the GATE program at LBUSD and wants to work for NASA one day. This program was so helpful. She learned so much about math and science, grew in her confidence in learning, and was so excited to wake up early to participate every day. I am very thankful for your program and I hope you can help even more students in the future! Anything we can do to help, we are here to support.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've known Dramatic Results since its beginning. They have been changing lives for the better for 25 years! Their dedication, their vision, their excellence is amazing. They truly help children learn not for testing but for life. They are the truest to their name organization I know of. This is a non-profit that works from the heart. They target children who are most in need and help them to build their confidence, their self-esteem, and their learning! Here's to another 25 years!!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the last 5 years I have watched this agency with awe. The heart and soul that is Dramatic Results shows up on every child that participates in their programs. There is a reason that this nonprofit has been around for 25 years they strive to be better every year and they do it. Who doesn’t want to learn and have ridiculous fun doing it ‼️

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

STEAM / Dramatic Results was a blessing not only for my son but for the family. I am extremely thankful for this program and words cannot explain the gratitude and honor I feel that Jaden was able to join this summer. Being able to see and experience everything he learned was beyond anything we could have asked for and frankly more than I could have afford. I first came across this program when my son came home with a basket he proudly made at school in 4th grade. I really wished everyone was aware of programs like this to encourage children to focus on education because educating them isn’t always reading a book it’s about the techniques and first hand experiences such has STEAM offered my son. I am thankful for everyone who worked with the kids and to everyone who makes it possible for Dramatic Results to exist. I have nothing but positive experiences from each and everyone whom Jaden and our family interacted with. I hope to see more successful stories such as the one we had and hopefully Jaden or my youngest daughter will be able to join in the future! Thank you all!!!!!!!!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Dramatic Results as Operations Manager for nearly a year now and my love for the agency and its mission grows stronger every day. Having moved here from Shanghai, with a background in contemporary Chinese art production, my work with DR has been a new challenge. I was shocked to realize the constraints on teacher resources and the lack of opportunities for students in title 1 schools. Though most of my time is spent behind the scenes, I cherish the days I get to assist in class, whether that is at our 3-week Summer STEAM Institute, Math in a Basket program with 4th graders, or learning about pollination and ecosystems with our 2nd grade STEAM students in Walnut. A day spent with Dramatic Results is always great! This October we will celebrate 25 years of successful arts integration and social emotional learning; I look forward to supporting the agency over its next 25.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dramatic Results has provided meaningful math experiences for Long Beach Unified School District students. Selected school sites and students were able to experience project based learning activities such as weaving baskets or making paper airplanes in a space built around teamwork and perseverance through problem solving. Students and classroom teachers benefited from interacting with the knowledgeable staff that planned motivating activities to support the grade level math content standards. The Dramatic Results staff was always open to collaboration with curriculum leaders, principals, and teachers to help plan STEM activities that enhance the district curriculum. Kudos to all they do for our students!