Through the intersection of language arts and theater, Youth Arts empowers Bay Area students to read, adapt, and perform classical and contemporary texts relevant to their lives. Students work closely with professional teaching artists to bring poems and stories from the page to the stage using the Word for Word signature performance style, while gaining literacy, team-building, and social-emotional skills.
From ELL students who benefit from hands-on learning experiences to high-level English speakers who crave opportunities to analyze texts in new ways, Youth Arts instills a love of reading, providing a fun, curriculum-based entry point for students to access language, and bolsters confidence in the classroom and beyond.
Currently, Youth Arts has annual residencies at Bryant Elementary School (since 2008), Francisco Middle School, Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, Mill Valley Middle School, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
iNSTILLING A lOVE OF READING THROUGH THE INTERSECTION OF LANGUAGE ARTS AND THEATER
The Youth Arts curriculum is in line with California Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy and is tailored to match the needs of each school and student population. The professional Teaching Artists, many of whom are bilingual or multilingual, have extensive experience working with students of differing physical and mental abilities, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The TAs focus on creating camaraderie amongst diverse student groups and cultivating safe spaces for creative collaboration.
If you are interested in bringing Youth Arts to your school or would like more information about the Youth Arts program contact: Youth Arts Coordinator, Amy Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org.