I have worked with Havens for the Arts as a volunteer for 5 years now and I am constantly amazed at the impact they have in the community. They offer 2 camps over the Summer to allow students to participate in creating, through rehearsal and performance, a Shakespeare masterpiece that they perform for the community at the end of their 2 week run. These kids get so involved in the rehearsal and performance process that they don't even realize that the performance they present at the end is so spectacular. And when you realize that these are kids performing a Shakespearean play....well, it just about blows your mind. These students get such a thorough knowledge of Shakespeare and his works by the end that it carries them through their high school years where they need to use that knowledge when they study one of Shakespeare's works for school. I know it to be true as both of my kids did just that. And after it was over they told me that without the experience they had with the Shakespeare Camps, and working through rehearsals and such, they wouldn't have had the deeper knowledge they did have as a result. Even their teachers commented on how well they knew the works and understood the plays. I will forever thank Havens for the Arts/Shakespeare in the Vines for their help with teaching our youth about beauty that most kids don't get a chance to experience. That is why I volunteer. I believe in what they do and what they give to the community every year through their performances, and especially through their youth camps.