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OUR MISSION

Free Arts NYC provides underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

OUR APPROACH

Free Arts NYC takes a “cradle to college” approach, providing arts-based mentoring for youth from pre-K all the way through high school.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

Our programs create opportunities for kids starting in early childhood, building a strong foundation and setting them up to succeed from day one.

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YOUTH

We stick with them through middle school because the relationships they build with our mentors make them 46% less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

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TEENS

We stand by them when they’re teens, because we know if they maintain a high involvement with the arts they’ll be more likely to complete college, obtain employment, and give back to their communities.

OUR METHODS

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1. STRENGTHS-BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Our programs use a strengths-based approach to working with youth and families, emphasizing skills and self-determination, rather than viewing behaviors and influences as problems that need to be fixed.

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2. AESTHETIC EDUCATION

1. an inquiry based teaching practice that includes art-making, questioning, reflection, and art history

2. the way Free Arts NYC encourages our “no mistakes in art” philosophy

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3. VOLUNTEER MENTORS & COACHES

Our unique program model guarantees the mentor-to-youth and coach-to-family ratio never exceeds 1:3. Each year we recruit over 2,000 volunteers to support our programs.

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