Youth Arts For Change

Youth Arts for Change - Kirk Mouser working with Theatre project team

Youth Theatre for Change teaches students team-building and improvisation techniques and provides a supportive environment where youth voices can be heard. In the final performance, students will have a chance to showcase their new-found skills. Join us to help them discover the amazing power of community support!

Youth Theatre for Change is part of the larger Youth Arts for Change (YAC) Program. The purpose of YAC is to give at-risk youth an authentic experience, with meaningful content, that is transferable to their lives. Based on Arts Alliance skill-building and mentoring services, YAC is a collaborative community partnership designed to:

• connect local teens with their community
• enhance protective factors against risk vulnerability
• expose youth to positive possibilities of creative expression
• expand therapeutic resources to include theater and graphic arts

Partners include the Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Juan Young Trust, Rex Putnam High School, North Clackamas School District, Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, the Clackamas County Juvenile Department, and the autzen foundation.

National research shows why acquired skills in writing, acting and drawing can have positive impact on at-risk youth having little success in traditional learning environments.  Arts learning can be transformative; ability to think creatively is a positive life skill for disenfranchised youth.

Report from NEA

Teens at Parrott Creek Ranch Tell Stories With Their Pictures
By: John Flavin, Oregonian
July 14, 2012

 

Theatre Program Promotes Creativity and Builds Confidence
Clackamas County Citizen News – Fall 2012

Goals for YAC Youth:

• Experience a safe setting to learn new skills
• Build relationships and teamwork
• Develop confidence, trust and self-awareness
• Share their own story and have their voices heard
• Make a valued contribution to the community
• Relate YAC insights to real-life situations
• Use creative thinking as a positive life skill

 

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Youth Theatre for Change Partners

YTC 2014 Logo ver5

Drawings from Graphic Novel introductory program

Parrott Creek Ranch Students check out each other's work

Youth Theatre Group taking a break betwen practices

Rehearsal practice before big event

Youth Theatre Grourp chatting between sets

Youth Theatre Group practicing their lines

Youth Theatre Group doing warm up excercises

Parrot Creek Ranch Celebration of Class Completing Project

YTC Logos

YTC 2014 Logo ver5

Drawings from Graphic Novel introductory program

Parrott Creek Ranch Students check out each other’s work

Youth Theatre Group taking a break betwen practices

Rehearsal practice before big event

Youth Theatre Grourp chatting between sets

Youth Theatre Group practicing their lines

Youth Theatre Group doing warm up excercises

Parrot Creek Ranch Celebration of Class Completing Project