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The UNITY School Program breaks down barriers between youths in their schools and communities For this reason our organization uses student led discussions held at each partnering school to inform our programming content, tailoring our message to the most pressing concerns of that particular student body. Our programs are individualized for particular schools but there is commonality in our goals and messages due to our Artist Educator training program and operational planning.
The UNITY School program has three main goals:
- Engage youth We engage students through a youth to youth dialogue using professional Artist Educators and relevant art forms including break dancing, spoken word poetry, graffiti art and beat boxing.
- Develop their skills for success Our organization develops youth skills for success initially by teaching them to express their stress and anger through the arts and share personal experiences both positive and negative, and then transforming these outlets into tangible skill development tools.
- Empower youth UNITY staff and artists guide youth to define their own success and in turn UNITY provides practical life and work experiences that align with the youth’s skills. This process allows the youth program participants to become positive community role models.