Educate, Empower and Heal At-Risk Youth



Expand arts integration programs including meals, mentoring, and educational support for youth ages 8-18 to six days a week in the impoverished community of Little Haiti, Miami, FL 33150. The programs encourage creative thinking, personal responsibility, career development, environmental awareness, and positive self-images - all which increase student's chances at self-sufficiency & long-term success. Mentors, field trips & guest speakers increase relevancy and exposure to careers via the arts.
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Youth in Little Haiti are on a 'cradle to prison' pathway that costs more than the educational solutions to fix it. They live in extreme poverty, some with no electricity or running water and are exposed to violence, drugs, and poverty-related trauma. By providing a safe space to utilize art as a creative thinking tool to improve educational and career development, this project takes action to halt the "cradle to prison" scenario for youth and empowers them towards successful futures.


ASI provides a safe space for at-risk youth ages 8-18 in the Little Haiti community of Miami, FL to receive nutrition, a gratitude journal, sketchbook, art supplies, mentors, field trips, art skills, wellness/stress-reduction exercises, life skills, etiquette, career development, environmental awareness and educational support.

Long-Term Impact

ASI provides a safe space for programs utilizing art as a creative thinking tool for learning and career path development. Leveling the playing field for at-risk youth, ASI is ASI is taking action to halt the "cradle to prison" scenario ( that is currently playing out for youth here in Miami, FL empowering them towards self-sufficiency and inspiring them to be a catalyst for positive change in their communities and their home country of Haiti.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Location: Miami, FL - USA
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Project Leader:
Shari Kircher
Operations Director
Miami, Florida United States

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