What is it like to be young and directionless? What is it like to live in a community where no one ever makes it out? It’s scary, feeling defenseless comes as naturally as breathing and the easiest path to take is conformity. But why is it that as children and young adults that we have to be scared and alone? I was once one of those children. I am one of those children but it was theatre and music that saved me. This is why I want to return the gift of the happiness and freedom I felt from these activities to my community in the form of empowerment.
Children in underprivileged neighborhoods often are without role models that have the knowledge to help them succeed. Because of this I want to begin my own community program called A.R.T; The program will teach youth to be ambitious, reliable and trustworthy. They need ambition to realize their dreams, reliability to make a good name for themselves in the work force and trust in one another and their community to continue to make an impact in the world. A.R.T. is about a bottom up process. As emerging adults we have an obligation to be the role models for youth. A.R.T. is about freedom of expression and teaching children that life is so much more than being rich and famous but rather finding your true happiness by pursuing your dreams.