smARTkids is CREATE’s after-school art program for at-risk youth. In 1 to 1.5 hour classes, we offer an in-depth arts program aimed at students determined to be at risk and selected by the school based on their academic needs and their interest in participating in an afterschool arts club. These classes are offered once a week for one or two semesters and take place at the school itself. At the end of each semester each group holds an arts show for parents, teachers and friends.
The smARTkids program aims to increase self-esteem, academic performance and social skills of upper elementary and middle school students who have been determined to be at risk. It enriches the students’ after-school experience, contributes to developing focus and concentration, and has been successful in improving the children’s attitude towards self, school, and learning by giving them a sense of accomplishment and pride through the completion of art projects, and being a valued member of a group.
smARTkids began in one school with just 8 students in 2005. Since then, CREATE has hired a program manager to coordinate training, program evaluation and administration, and the smARTkids program has expanded now, in its fourth year, to three schools and 30 students.
For more information, please contact us at 301-588-2787 or send us an email.