GAA’s Therapeutics Arts Program helps to provide spaces where children who are routinely stigmatized can gain a sense of belonging, and it supports children’s use of the arts for self-expression, which can foster a sense of agency, resilience, and increased confidence.
Below are quotes from local para-professionals trained in the program who work directly with children and youth:
Grace – “We get positive feedback about how the program has helped with staying away from drugs, prostitution, and crime. Parents have shared appreciation that the kids perform better in school, concentrate, and connect better to others.”
Maeda – “The parents appreciate what I am doing with the children. One father told me after I talked to the child, he started attending school…. The teenagers have said, ‘I was thinking very differently before you helped me.’ They say I’ve helped them a lot.”