Stay Young is a Stay initiative that provides a creative outlet for our youth, supports arts education in our school systems, and implements numerous opportunities for student art exhibits, festivals, field trips, and student-run volunteer programs.
The Stay Young program’s purpose is to provide a platform for our youth to explore their creative potential.
When we are young, our imagination unfolds.
Creativity is a natural born trait, bound to expand exponentially as we grow. The simple act of drawing instills in a child the realization that he or she can breathe life into an idea. This is a powerful act that can carry through a lifetime and can help develop self esteem, confidence and the ability to create.
After the recession of 2008, 80% of schools had their budget cut with Arts programs being hit the hardest.
1/3 of the arts teachers were let go between 2008 and 2012.
Lower income and minority students have been most likely to lose their art programs
Art Education prepares students for a globally competitive workforce by developing the ability to innovate, communicate, and collaborate. With art education, students are more likely to receive higher test scores, be engaged in the classroom, and graduate with higher GPA's.
Access To The Arts =
Higher graduation rates
Greater success in workforce
Ability to be dynamic, innovative thinkers
Since 2013, Stay Young has touched the lives of thousands of local students and has inspired them to continuously think outside the box.
Students of all ages are given the opportunity to unlock their imagination and creative talents through hands-on workshops and student art exhibits.
Students learn how to collaborate, build relationships and work as a team. Together, our high school students created Stay Connected, a volunteer group working to impact the community in their own way.
Students are instilled with a sense of pride for their city and local community. At least one third-grade classroom from every elementary school has experienced our organization’s student field trips, which emphasize local creativity, history, and government.