Youth Arts is Word for Word's in-school education program where Bay Area students work with professional teaching artists, transforming great stories from the page to the stage in the Word for Word style!
Learn more about the schools and programs on the Youth Arts horizon
Bryant Middle School
In 2008, Youth Arts began working with Bryant, a local elementary school near Z Space in the Mission District. After years of helping 4th and 5th graders theatricalize pieces like Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin, The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros during the school day, Youth Arts partnered last year with the Bryant after school program, supporting its combined grade level literacy and enrichment curriculum by directing students in bilingual fables and poetry. Youth Arts will return to Bryant’s after school program during the fall and spring of 2016-2017.
Bryant Elementary is a K-5 biliteracy pathway community school with a 4/10 rating overall in the state. The student body is 86% Hispanic or Latino, with 69% in the ELL category. 96% of the students at Bryant participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program.
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
Youth Arts has been leading workshops for the 7th graders of Buena Vista Horace Mann, a K-8 school in the Mission District, since 2013. Last year, middle schoolers rehearsed and performed Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, The Compassionate Kuan-Yin as told by Joseph Campbell, Shout Out by Sekou Sundiata, Dia De Los Muertos by Francisco X. Alarcon, and Boys and Girls by Sandra Cisneros, among others. Youth Arts will return to Buena Vista Horace Mann in the spring of 2017.
Buena Vista Horace Mann is a two-way immersion K-8 school with a 5/10 rating overall in the state. The student body is 75% Hispanic or Latino, with 49% in the ELL category. 68% of the students at Buena Vista Horace Mann participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program.
Francisco Middle School
Youth Arts began partnering with Francisco Middle School in North Beach/Chinatown in 2011. Working exclusively with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Learner population, Youth Arts' teaching artists directed last year’s students in performances of Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield, Landscape by Eve Merriam, It’s Spring by John Foster, Foodfight by Kenn Nesbit, and Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. Youth Arts will return to Francisco in the spring of 2017.
Francisco is a 6-8 middle school with a 6/10 rating overall in the state. The student body is 66% Asian and 11% Hispanic or Latino, with 40% in the ELL category. 88% of the students at Francisco participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program.
Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
This fall, Youth Arts will embark on an exciting new adventure with the 6th graders of Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Teaching artists will lead three classes in an exploration of Summer Brenner’s young adult novel, Oakland Tales, culminating in a performance of scenes from the book given at Z Space in December.
Life Academy is a 6-12 middle and high school with a 3/10 rating overall in the state. The student body is 80% Hispanic or Latino, with 30% in the ELL category. 94% of the students at Francisco participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program.