Charities & Organizations
Here at mixture we are passionate about encouraging creativity and keeping the arts alive in our children. We believe very strongly in the importance of the arts in school and the positive impact it can have on kids. It helps build their self confidence, express emotion and heighten their creativity and we are dedicated to doing what we can to ensure that San Diego kids continue to enjoy on-going arts programs. We also recognize the immense therapeutic effects that art can have on children facing adversity or undergoing trauma themselves. We have been fortunate to join forces with some amazing organizations here in San Diego. Please take a moment to check out these organizations and see what you can do to help.
A.R.T.S. A Reason To Survive
A San Diego-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope, healing, and self confidence to the lives of children and youth facing adversities by providing expressive opportunities through the visual, performing and literary arts. Using the arts as a vehicle, trained and dedicated volunteers will provide a supportive atmosphere fostering healing and hope. Through imaginative expression, ARTS will strive to improve the well-being and quality of life for these children and families - giving them A Reason To Survive.
A Reason To Survive, Inc. (ARTS) was founded in 2001 by artist Matt D'Arrigo, based on his philosophy that the artistic process can change and heal lives. D'Arrigo started volunteering at Ronald McDonald House every Saturday bringing art projects to the children and families staying there. Since then ARTS has grown to employ 5 full time staff, 2 part time, over 100 volunteers, operate on a $450,000 budget, and serve more than 3,500 children each year at 12 partner locations.
ARTS' signature outreach program "Expression Sessions" sends trained artists mentors into partnering organizations on a weekly basis to bring a variety of visual, performing, and literary arts experiences to children throughout San Diego County who are facing adversity.
ARTS program partners include: Ronald McDonald House, San Diego Children's Hospital, San Diego Hospice, San Diego Center for Children, Casa de Amparo, Cortez Hill Family Center, Monarch School, Becky's House, Polinsky Children's Center, Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar. Through these partnerships and community projects, ARTS has brought over 12,000 children positive artistic experiences since 2001.For more information please check out their website at www.artsurvive.org
San Diego Youth & Community Services
A nationally recognized, comprehensive non-profit organization that has helped stabilize the lives of more than a half-million young people and their families since 1970. They administer 14 different programs from nine centers located throughout San Diego County. Their approach is practical, not theoretical, dealing with long-term solutions. Many of their programs are replicated in communities across the nation. For more information please check out their website at www.sdycs.org.
A Program of SDYCS, the Storefront is San Diego's only emergency night shelter program for homeless, runaway, and "street" youth. Its goals are to return young people to their families or to find them independent living arrangements, and to prevent their sexual exploitation. Services begin with street outreach. The Storefront Day Drop-in Center provides street kids with a safe place to be between the hours of school and the opening of the night center.
As part of The Storefront's mission, outreach workers comb the streets of San Diego every night in search of homeless children, providing them with survival information, warm clothing, something to eat, and an opportunity to get off the streets. The Storefront also operates a Day Drop-In Center that provides a safe haven for street kids during the day and after school hours. An alternative school operated by the San Diego County Office of Education is an integral part of the program. For more information, please visit their website at www.sdycs.org/programs/storefront.html
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