Creative Action youth are taught to express themselves through the arts. One great way they’ve expressed their ideas is through written word- poems, stories, songs.
Where I’m From- This video combines stop motion animation with poetry about the unique life experiences from Ojeda Middle School students.[youtube id=”cIEKNwI-Q-s” width=”600″ height=”350″]
The following poem was written by a New Stages Youth Ensemble member during the 2011-12 school year:
“I am a person writing about my pain
I am a person living a life of shame
I’m your child hiding my depression
I’m your friend acting like I’m fine
I’m a teenager pushing my tears aside
I’m a student who doesn’t have a clue
I’m the kid sitting next to you
I am the one asking you why you care”
-Offered in partnership with Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center and Travis County Probation, this program fosters access to arts learning for youth at-risk for gang involvement.
- After participating in New Stages, 75% of participants exhibited an improvement in family relationships.