All Things Art, Inc. intentionally interrupts the vicious cycle of gang violence, i.e. homicides, truancy, drug abuse, and criminal activities that plagues the communities of their program participants.
- Artistic Classes
- Dance, theater, art (painting), fashion design, studio technology
- Individual Counseling
- Participants meet once a month with their assigned clinical for one-hour sessions
- This will help participants sort out their thoughts, recognize patterns, face fears, and set realistic goals
- Group Therapy
- A monthly group will meet according to age for participants to recognize that they share many of the same issues and concerns as their peers
- This type of public identification teaches empathy, encourages them to utilize their voices, and helps to discard their belief that they are alone, and their issues are isolated
- Life Skills Workshop
- These workshops will provide age-appropriate information to help participants navigate their way through life
- This component helps them to provide the wrap-around services youth need to flourish as the advocates seek services from outside agencies that participants may need
- The home and school visits are in place to build relationships with the adults in their lives
- The relationship(s) between the advocates and participants build trust and give evidence that they (participants) are cared for as they are learning to trust
- Academic Support
- Tutors are available for the participants who require help
- Community Relations Initiative
- Annual summer street fair – community invited to set up tables and sell their foods & crafts
- A seasonal community clean-up, and community beautification projects, i.e. painted wall murals
They serve young people between the ages of 7-24 from low-income families of the Greater Boston area, chiefly Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.
All participants are required to participate in the community relations initiatives, and they must maintain good grades and conduct in school, just as they must exhibit respect and responsibility in their homes as well.