Dream Makerz Foundation believes “At-risk” youth who feel socially isolated from their peers have a higher rate of violent behavior/bullying and toxic thoughts. At-risk youth are more likely to be engaged in a number of risky behaviors, which may cause them to be suspended and/or expelled from structured school day. In addition, having too much free unproductive time only increases these behaviors. Therefore, Dream Makerz Foundation believes in providing a program that will allow them to be innovative in positive ways they can ultimately use in their chosen profession within the entertainment industry. Consequently, once these adolescents are productively engaged in our programs, it will translate into closing the Achievement gap, increase character and reduce negative behaviors in society as a whole.
The Arts-Visual arts, Technology and Music can have a very positive effect on youth who are facing tough challenges in their lives. In addition, the STEAM initiative( Science Technology Engineering’ Arts and Math) are all vital in the Entertainment Industry. According to research at-risk youth who have access to arts, in and out of school tend to have:
- Better Academic results
- Are More likely to enroll in college
- Increase self-esteem and resiliency
- Better workforce opportunities
- More civic engagement such as voting and improving their communities