Arts education programs can help teens inside a juvenile detention center discover talents, pursue creative expression and even develop a new outlook on life. But once released, these young men and women can easily lose touch with what they’ve learned and the teaching artists they’ve met. With support from the CCT, we designed a digital resource to bridge that gap.
This made me think, ‘key to my success.’ If you don’t have a key to start the car, you can’t go, just like if you don’t have this key, you can’t start a positive life.”
We created a digital platform with a youth-focused voice. While at the detention center, teens may access computers but not the internet, so we created a hard-coded website that lived on individual USB drives, which could go anywhere with teens. We managed the production of 1,000 of these drives and arranged for delivery to the detention center, where they were handed out to youth upon release.
Thanks to our arts education partners, each drive has in-depth information on seven types of art. Not only that, it also features connections to housing and mental health services, how to expunge a record, how to re-enroll in school and other practical information. That way kids can make sure their basic needs are met while also fostering a deeper connection with the arts.
The website is live at getdrive.org, where it continues to serve as a resource for youth across the city.