Basic Organization Information
PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL
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O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A25 Arts Education/Schools
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A20 Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose
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Project SUCCESS is a youth-development organization that works with students over a seven-year period, from middle school through high school, to help them develop life-skills that can transform their lives. Through our goal-setting workshops, theater experiences, and special programming/services, students learn to make informed choices and plan for meaningful futures. Project SUCCESS wants students to prepare to face their futures with enriched imaginations, increased confidence, positive outlooks, clearly defined goals, and well-planned strategies for success.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Project SUCCESS’ philosophy underlies these key components: to provide a non-judgmental, supportive forum where students can speak out and be heard, and where they learn to assess and find support for their goals. It is this direct support of students that allows Project SUCCESS to teach life-long skills of goal setting and achievement that will assist students in their academic performance and long-term planning.
Project SUCCESS affects positive change by motivating and inspiring students to define their needs, work hard to live up to their potential and achieve their dreams, thereby improving academic performance, keeping students engaged in school, and reducing at-risk behaviors.
Students and their families who would not otherwise be able to attend a theater performance will do so, providing an enriching cultural experience for thousands of people (21,026 in the 2009-10 school year), thus opening doors to new ways of learning and communicating. The community benefits as families are strengthened by the shared cultural experiences, communication between teachers and families improves, and students leave school better prepared for their post-secondary plans. Finally, by providing access to the arts to an underserved and at-risk population of students, we will create a new generation of theatergoers who are more diversified, inclusive, open-minded, educated and experienced.
Through the process of goal setting and preparing for life after high school through our in-class workshops, after-school workshops, theatrical performance, college tours and other special programming students will learn the value of hard work, meaningful employment or continued education after graduation and take an active role in their community.
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
Project SUCCESS works with middle and high school students to help them realize their potential. The program focuses on goal-setting for young people and uses the arts as a tool in that work. They offer free tickets to live theater productions not only for the students, but for their families as well. Through this work, young people who may otherwise not have been exposed to the theatre are gaining access to the arts.
Project SUCCESS has the passion and support of the entire organization behind it. The dedicated staff, visionary Executive Director, and strong Board of Directors are all committed to fulfilling the organization's mission. Their work of introducing under-represented youth to the arts is an asset as well. Strength is that Project SUCCESS is established and consistent without being stagnant.
Areas for Improvement
Experts would like to see Project SUCCESS expand their programming to work in a greater number of schools. They may also benefit from taking a closer look at their processes around providing free tickets. One expert pointed out that there are times when the tickets go undistributed or unused. Another expert suggested that Project SUCCESS consider offering some financial assistance to the nonprofit venues that donate the tickets. The organization could also improve by better balancing their work in the field with their administrative responsibilities.