Urban Arts and jobs

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I would like to create a program where we will a place a mentor for the youth and also incorporating faith. I believe that we can create schools or centers where youth can learn to engage in job opportunities, also being exposed to college and careers. The youth will be assign a young mentor that will help them and guide the youth to meet his/her goals. Whether it is educationally, career related, or long/short term goals. The program will also have a hip-hop and art component. We will incorporate the arts, music, dance, studio, urban arts, and poetry. I believe that art and hip-hop can be used as a tool to educate youth and give them confidence, self esteem, a sense of belonging and to help them achieve their goals. We educate the youth on urban arts and give them opportunities to create art legally. Teach them to build a portfolio, how to create a mural, how to approach an owner of a wall, and how to find school opportunities that will parallel with their craft. We will cater to the youth's talents or choice of art. If they want to do music or an album we will direct them towards that path of a successful musician mentor. Also given them opportunities to perform, record at a studio, and being able to teach others while learning to take initiative in job opportunities. The youth will be rewarded incentives as they progress with their goals, such as creating their own mural as public art, or helping the youth create an album with a release party.
I was headed in a negative direction during high school. I was involved in illegal graffiti, doing drugs, and I went to jail. During that time I was kicked out of four different High Schools, I made a lot of mistakes. While I was doing the illegal graffiti I was suffering from anxiety attacks and depression. Art helped in a way to release the fear and feel more at peace. There was something else missing and I didn't know what it was. One day I went to a christian church and they were preaching and rapping about Jesus and I went and accept Jesus in my heart. Then my live started to change as I started to read scripture. Then, I started getting involved in the community and working with non-profit organizations and schools. I began to create art programs with other art organizations, and I had the opportunity to meet many mentors along my way. I have been teaching the younger generations in my community and I am seeing the fruits of my labor. I have seen gang members going back to college, ex graffiti vandals doing positive murals in community, and opening doors for those that didn't believe in themselves. Most importantly having faith in Christ and sharing love with others through the arts.