LEAF Schools & Streets empowers youth in our local community by building up their Developmental Assets!
The IMPACT |The Developmental Assets:
Community Values Youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
The IMPACT |Community Building: LEAF Schools & Streets is creating a healthy, positive larger community by increasing the feeling of importance and responsibility in youth. Youth are more committed to monitoring their own behavior and are less likely to engage in risky actions.
Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model responsible behavior.
The IMPACT |Creating Safe Communities: At the core of LEAF Schools & Streets classes is an intentional practice of developing a safe space that supports learning and encourages healthy relationships to develop. Studies find that cultivating a safe space with supportive adults encourages students to try new things, make mistakes, express individuality, and care for others in a positive way.
Creative Activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater or other arts.
The IMPACT | Academic Achievement: Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, creative thinking and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Studies show that students with a high engagement in the arts are less likely to drop out of school.
Cultural Competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of all different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
The IMPACT |Cross Cultural Understanding: The arts provide a way for kids to connect with cultures in a hands-on way. Music has the power to transcend geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries and bring people together.
Personal Power (the asset that most closely relates to Empowerment): Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
The IMPACT | Self-Confidence: Students who participate in community-based arts programs like LEAF Schools & Streets have a stronger confidence in their ability to do things well, and greater sense of self-worth and self-esteem (Heath & Roach, 1999).
Self-Esteem: Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
The IMPACT | Self-Awareness and Self-Expression: Research connects arts learning with increased self-understanding and confidence, and finds that both the visual and performing arts provide a way for students to explore, create, and express their identity.
++Equality and Social Justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
The IMPACT | Social Justice: LEAF Schools & Streets is dedicated to creating positive social change through arts education. We believe that the arts are a tool for community building and bringing equality to the world. LEAF believes that the arts are for all, and is committed to connecting people across communities through cultures and arts to create a stronger whole.