Expanding Horizons College Prep Program is a HUGE Success!
The Expanding Horizons College Prep Program is a free yearlong program that 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.
Our Empower Youth Program Is A Smash Hit!
Empower Youth is a free* music and theater program for kids between grades 3 - 6 and 7 - 11 during the month of July. Now in its 5th year, all classes are taught by professional theater artists. 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.
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 20 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 20 more terrific kids into college, we'd be more than grateful and you'd be empowering the next generation.
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.