Connecting with youth through Arts and Culture

Focus Forward sponsors art, poetry, and writing workshops for incarcerated youth. The program provides an opportunity for these young people to view themselves as having self-worth as well as an  interactive and positive relationship with the adult mentors who facilitate workshops in various media.  Both the mentors and the youth are enriched by participating in this program. We also provide various workshops and opportunities for cultural exploration!

 

For the community at large, our Arts program provides a unique window into young lives striving for encouragement, empowerment, and meaning. These young men and women have experienced violence, addiction, parental abandonment and abuse. Their art not only reflects rage and despair, but also conveys an exuberance of hope.