The physical and social well-being of youth in our community requires increased opportunities to experience visual and performing arts. The earlier children are exposed to the arts, the greater the impact on their self-esteem, academic performance, and opportunities for growth:
- Arts engagement correlates to higher test scores in reading and math
- Children and young adults with access to the arts have a greater ability to successfully manage and express emotions, find social connection and support through shared experiences, and are provided a sense of identity and belonging
- Participation in performing arts creates opportunities for personal and professional growth.
For over 25 years, Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (Youth Arts) has offered free after-school classes in the visual and performing arts to youth of all ages in a safe and nurturing environment. Over 700 students benefit annually from the Center's fifty weekly classes. In recent years, Youth Arts has experienced exponential growth and ambitious and forward-thinking vision while simultaneously experiencing changes in leadership. At this pivotal juncture, Youth Arts sought to secure professional development to organize, align and guide them through strategic growth strategies with a goal to position them to increase the capacity of those served.