Address: 19 Grand Ave. New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: (203) 469-4536, 203-787-ARTE(2783)
Bernie Williams

Youth Programs

Why is it so important?

Poor school performance and involvement in serious debilitating personal activities (ie. classroom discipline, disrespect, gang involvement, drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy and the like) all stem from lack of real knowledge and understanding of self and their primordial culture. For decades now, education research has shown that students whose cultural experiences are not an integral part of the school curriculum tend to tune themselves off to education. In addition, lack of activities after school, during breaks and summer contribute to these issues.

Arte is molding disadvantaged youth into better citizens who will positively contribute to society. Arte’s youth programs address these needs, engage and empower children and families. Arte’s programs enhance children’s lives and allow them to express themselves through various mechanisms. These programs occupy children’s “down time” and keep them off the streets. Eliminating the time, when unattended youth most often get into trouble. Arte’s programs are accessible and free to low income, inner-city and underprivileged citizens, who don’t have the access or exposure. Most importantly, Arte’s programs are educational, recreational and fun!.

Arte’s Youth Programs

Arte develops and offers youth programs throughout the year.

These programs include the following, (scroll down for details on each program):

  • A.S.A.P. – After School Arts Program / Combining Arts & Education
  • SLATE – Socialization & Learning Adventures Through Education
  • College Bound Road Trips – Turning Kids on to College
  • Family Arts & Science Workshops

A.S.A.P. – After School Arts Program / Combining Arts & Education

A.S.A.P. combines arts, education and culture. A.S.A.P. addresses early intervention and prevention. A.S.A.P. curriculum is crafted with professional educators and intertwines art, science, math and literacy with “life lessons”, morals, values and good citizenship. A.S.A.P. programs are not merely arts related, but embrace multilevel learning. Sample of lessons: Human Body Sculptures, Clay Reliefs, Photo Journalism, Ecosystem Science, Culinary Arts, Architecture, Student Authors and more. Lessons comprise group discussions, topical reading, writing assignments, problem solving and skills. Students develop written essays after each project. Currently ASAP is taking place in four New Haven public schools

SLATE Program – Socialization & Learning Adventures, Through Education
“All Kids Start with a Clean Slate!”

SLATE FOR KIDS

A child’s environment, experiences and exposure fill their life’s slate. Many of today’s youth have negative environments, poor experiences, and limited exposure. Especially inner-city urban youth, who’s lack of experiences, place them far behind their suburban peers. Arte’s SLATE program teaches these youth life and social skills they are not being taught. SLATE exposes urban youth to new environments, experiences and ideas. SLATE strives to get all enrolled youth into college. SLATE gives children concrete opportunities, positive experiences, skills and knowledge they will use for lifetime. SLATE will help children advance further and achieve more in life.

SLATE is…

…an intensive two year program that where parents and students sign an agreement contract. Classes are held one day per week after school, starting with a pre-assessment test to gage each child’s current level of knowledge. The program will include but is not limited to: Self Respect & Respecting Others, Bullying, Social Skills and Etiquette, Good Citizenship, Cultural Awareness, Health & Wellness, Mandatory Volunteerism, Personal Banking & Financing, Technology Skills, Dressing for Success, Importance of Higher Education, The Promise, College Visits, Obtaining Employment and Educational Trips.

SLATE FOR PARENTS

Arte will collaborate with partners and offer evening and weekend workshops to help parents and students. These FREE workshops will be available in English and Spanish and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, in various locations around the city. These workshops focus on three main areas: Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy & College Readiness. Visit the events section of Arte’s website for details on upcoming workshops.

College Bound Road Trips – Turning Kids on to College

Amazing adventures and learning experiences for students as they are introduced college life. Arte escorts groups of middle school students to college and university campuses. Students tour the campus, have a Q&A session with college students, eat lunch on campus and then enjoy a fun cultural, historical or educational activity. Students see firsthand and discover what college is all about. Students are asked at the beginning of the trip how many of them want to go to college. Historically, one quarter of them raise their hands. By the end of the day ALL students are ready to sign up.

Family Arts & Science Workshops

Arte offers these free fun-filled workshops where families unite, work to together and participate in a variety of concurrent arts, science, dance, music, and other creative activities. The day begins with a group art project where participants may design their own tee-shirts or hats, a free lunch is provided to all and then families break out into workshops covering a variety of topics. Rock-Wall climbing is also provided as one of the activities. Workshops repeat several times so participants can attend many. The day ends with a group dancing and drumming experience. This is a truly fun, educational and interactive day that brings families together.