Through our program youth learn how to identify the origins of their emotions and express them in a constructive manner. They are challenged to critically look at their environments and develop understandings of their world.
Utilizing restorative practices, art therapy, creative art programs, and increasing critical literacy allows us to assist youth and families by creating trusting relationships; allowing for root cause conversations to occur, and change to be fostered. Throughout our program, we have found that youth find comfort in vices that consist of distance, addictions, abuse, depression, anger, and distrust. It’s not just a gun or a drug that’s a vice to today’s youth, but something rooted deep inside. Our program breaks the vices and helps them find their VOICES and engage the world as agents of change.
Voicing Our Issues and Concerns through Expression of Self
Utilizing art as a means of self-expression allows for issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality to be discussed freely and questioned.
Youth learn to utilize positive outlets for feelings of anger, aggression, revenge, loss, and hurt. According to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, youth have a greater chance of overcoming negative events if they have the following:
- A sense of purpose
- Positive caregivers
- Supportive teachers & staff
Average Days In Program
Students' Reporting Better Self-Control
Make an Impact
As a 501c3 organization, V.O.I.C.E.S. Corp. is always looking for volunteers and teaching artists for our programs that can help develop and shape our participants. This process of youth development requires an open mind and the need to understand from the youth’s point of view how best to reach, serve, and work with them. We offer an innovative way for our communities to nurture and enlighten youth, as well as create an environment for success.