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Youth Development Grant

Program Mission:

The arts are essential to every educational experience. The creativity that art embraces can open the mind and develop a corresponding connection to the community in which artists and those who have an appreciation for art can live and thrive together.

Research has shown impressive benefits of arts education — in student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life, and succeed in work.

Children drawing youth arts program
Youth development art program

Students who access both sides of their brains are found to have higher test scores. In fact, according to Americans for the Arts, students who take four years of arts and music classes score an average of over 150 points higher on the SAT than students who take only one-half year or less.

Although there are many impressive benefits of arts education, not every student has access or is encouraged to explore these quality learning experiences. The VFAA Youth Development Program (YDP) envisions a community in the Crossroads where every child has access to—takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community.

This program strives to:

  • Create collaborative opportunities and develop opportunities for our youth to learn and grow in art education activities.
  • Develop a shared framework around youth participation with peer organizations specifically for opportunities to promote creativity in youth development.
  • Educate the community with young grade school through high school age artists through special events integrating their voices and leadership in the community.
  • Develop a plan for educational activities and corresponding community events. 
Kids Art Class Port Lavaca

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