What We Do

The Studio provides arts education classes to at-risk populations taught by media educators and professional artists in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Office of AltEd. Students are empowered to express themselves through mediums that resonates with them, provides deeper engagement, and enhances their self-esteem as they learn 21st Century skills, collaborate, create, and exhibit their work.

Who We Serve

The Studio enrolls Santa Clara County at-risk youth.

Why It’s Important

Research concludes that engagement in arts and creativity sparks a passion for learning, fuels imagination, builds relevant skills and can change a young person’s life from surviving to thriving. At-risk youth, in particular, do not have equitable access to creative outlets. The Studio is designed to bridge this opportunity gap by providing the experiences, tools, and teachers that would otherwise be out of reach.

What’s Been Done

  • Since its inception in 2012, the Studio has touched over 5,000 at-risk youth through film camps, after school programs and classroom experiences.
  • At-risk youth have written and produced dozens of music and documentary videos and have participated in several film festivals.
  • Probationary youth have helped create three community murals.

What’s Next

  • The Studio is pivoting from “broader exposure” to in-depth experiences specifically targeted at probationary teens.
  • The number of classes and hours for at-risk youth to participate in creative outlets within Santa Clara County’s alternative schools and probationary programs has tripled this academic year to allow youth to have a deeper and less sporadic creative experience. It leads to longer projects, more engagement, and richer work product.

Learn More

For additional information about this program, visit The Studio website.