From 'The Importance of The Creative Arts for Children and Teens'

This inspiring article from Parenting Today from Child Development Institute reinforces the important work of Art Buddies, and the real impact our creative mentors have on the kids we serve.

The article states, in a ten-year national study by Shirley Brice Heath of Stanford University, it was discovered that young people who are involved in highly effective non-school arts-based community programs in under-resourced communities, in comparison with a national sample of students were:

  • 4x more likely to win an academic award, such as being on the honor roll.

  • 8x times more likely to receive a community service award.

  • 3x more likely to win a school attendance award.

  • 4x more likely to participate in a math or science fair.

  • Likely to score higher on their SAT college admission test scores if they have been involved for more than four years of after-school arts study.

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