Mission: Support arts education in trenton public schools
Programs: The trenton education dance institute (tedi) is an arts-centered youth development program that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in the classroom and grow into dynamic, productive individuals. Tedi provides students exposure to and the opportunity to participate in the arts. This highly-engaging program develop students physical, cognitive, creative and interpersonal skills. Tedi has four components: the school day program; the afterschool program; student performances; and activities involving parents, families, and community. During the 2013-2014 school year, the tedi program served 185 trenton public school students: roughly 150 grade 5 students at mott elementary and paul s. Robeson elementary schools in the school day program; of these, 40 are expected also to participate in the afterschool swat program; and an additional 35 grade 6-10 students who have completed the school day program and successfully audition will become members of the advanced celebration team. All students perform during school assemblies and at the end-of-the-year performances.
TEDI is a truly amazing organization. After seeing just one TEDI performance, it was very clear that this program has a very positive impact on a lot of kids' lives. The shows are all done very professionally and it is heart-warming to see the enthusiasm and smiles on all the children performing. There are a lot of dance schools out there whose recitals are cumbersome, boring, and hard to sit through, but NOT TEDI. The dancing and live music is impressive and professional-grade quality. There is a look of PURE JOY written on all the kids' faces as they dance onstage -- it's contagious. You can tell that the TEDI staff know what they are doing and they love the work they do. You can also tell that these kids are on "Cloud Nine" as they perform. From the audience, it seems clear that the experience of learning these dances and performing them onstage has boosted the self-esteem of more than a few kids and that this experience has the potential to be life-changing.