Our Annual IndieGoGo/Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign Is Live!
We have just launched our annual fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo/Generosity. This year marks the fifth anniversary of our annual Expanding Horizons College Preparatory Program. This July, we will have 15 new students attend the program. To date, the program has been a HUGE success. Every Expanding Horizons graduate has gone on to attend a higher learning institution, and many of our students have received substantial scholarships.
The program has grown organically and now includes SAT prep, one on one mentoring sessions, help putting together an arts supplement, FAFSA and financial aid resources and scholarship searches. We have received several grants but in order to keep the program free for all of our kids, we need to raise $25,000.
Please contribute, help us spread the word and make some noise about our Campaign. As a non-profit, any money you donate to
us is completely tax-deductible. If you can help us get 15 more terrific kids into college, we'd be more than grateful and you'd be empowering the next generation.
Check Out Our Burmese Photography Show now going on at Spazio Ducrot in Rome. All sales benefit our on-going international photography projects for kids in Southeast Asia. Many thanks to Fiorello Baldisserri, Serena Lelli, Mr. Enrico Ducrot, Spazio Ducrot, Viaggi Dell' Elefante, The Frigerio Viaggi Family and Alitalia for making this possible. See the images and support the mission here.
Applications for Our Summer Programs Are Now Available Online
The Expanding Horizons College Prep Program will be starting again soon. This free yearlong program begins in July with a 3 week acting and music intensive designed to help aspiring artists level the playing field and prepare them for upcoming college auditions. It continues throughout the school year with SAT prep, a one on one mentor program, assistance with the college applications themselves, financial aid and FAFSA forms, finding additional scholarship money, as well as preparing them for what to expect once they head off. We currently have a 100% success rate getting our kids into higher learning institutions and most of them receive substantial scholarships. You can download an application here.
You must audition for a place in this program.
Our Empower Youth Program
Empower Youth is a free* music and theater program for kids between grades 3 - 6 and 7 - 11. Now in its 5th year, classes are taught by professional theater artists. During the month of July, our kids will create and perform their own original shows with songs from Broadway musicals and popular culture. Past show topics ranged from bullying, to empowerment, drugs, accepting others, and the importance of education.
Classes are Monday - Friday from 9am - 2pm for grades 3 - 6 and from 9am - 4pm for kids in grades 7 - 11. This project takes place at The United Palace of Cultural Arts, in New York City's Washington Heights. You can download an application in English or in Spanish. *There is a $25 application fee to guarantee attendance, which we will wave upon request.
Thank you ABC 7 News For The Terrific Feature!
In November of 2015, we were very honored to be profiled by ABC 7 NYC News by Sandra Bookman. You can watch it here.
Pitch-Perfect is what this group is determined to be for its annual Christmas caroling event - just one of the many projects from "Statement Arts", a non-profit arts education program aimed at under-served and at-risk students. Now based in Washington Heights, it was founded 12 years ago by Liza Politi.
"We just really want to empower kids because that's what they need. The kids are so extraordinary, and they have such incredible stories. There's a lot we can learn from them," says Politi.