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. Most youth have never left their immediate community and suffer from under-exposure to positive role models, academic/career possibilities, and viable solutions for upward mobility.
As part of a comprehensive youth empowerment program provided by Art Studio Miami, this project offers students a chance to gain exposure and relevancy by introducing youth to the history and culture of our nations capital while developing leadership, media, and advocacy skills. These skills will empower students to increase visibility of issues and solutions affecting themselves and their community, allowing youth to create significant change for themselves and their communities.
By engaging at-risk youth in the creation of creative solutions, ASI is taking action to halt the "cradle to prison" scenario (http://bit.ly/Cradle2Prison) that is currently playing out for youth here in Miami, FL and contributing to a new pattern of upward mobility; empowering them towards self-sufficiency and inspiring them to be a catalyst for positive change in their own lives, communities, and the world.