A4D, Youth Wave

Youth wave believes in working together by partnering with schools, community centers, treatment facilities, private schools, youth led community organizations, networks and clubs to use the expressive arts as a platform to transform the lives of ‘youth-at-risk’ and thereby enhance the protective factors within themselves. The arts can be used to buttress the emotional, behavioral, cognitive and cultural competencies as resiliency factors. The arts provide options, challenges, and an effective means for promoting change.

The arts have the power to reach our young people with positive messages. As they discover the arts, self-esteem and self-confidence grow. The arts serve as vehicles to deliver strong enduring messages, giving youth in our communities the tools needed to improve their lives and in turn the life of our communities.