Helping to End Youth Homelessness: Arts Education and Conflict Resolution
“This, above all: to thine own self be true.”
In 2016, Kentucky Shakespeare joined a group of agencies brought together by the Coalition for the Homeless as part of an initiative to end youth homelessness in Louisville. As part of that initiative, Kentucky Shakespeare began programming with Home of the Innocents Aftercare, an education and life skills program for people ages 18-24.
Kentucky Shakespeare has offered this personal and interpersonal development program to youth in the Home of the Innocents After Care Program since 2017. The program features a recurring series of progressive workshops using Shakespeare and the arts alongside other personal and interpersonal development practices to allow the individual a safe, healthy platform to move toward positive future outcomes. Workshops build empathy, community, communication, conflict resolution, responsibility for one’s actions and state of mind, and creative problem solving. Individual journaling will provide reflection and self-guided pathways to self-awareness, goal-setting and positive action.
“As the Employment Specialist I work with the entire population of our Aftercare clients, at times over 75 individuals. Working with Kentucky Shakespeare has allowed my clients a chance to come to a class where they can learn skills that I’m unfortunately short on time to teach them, as well as learn additional skills that benefit them in their future thinking. I’ve had clients come to me showing me goal lists, and to do lists that they had never done before. They are thinking about more than just the immediate future, something many of our clients struggle with. Clients are excited about future classes and wish to see more classes with expanded topics.” – Liza Smith, B.S., Employment Specialist
We are seeking funding to continue this program.
To get more information and support this program, contact Kyle Ware, Director of Education – firstname.lastname@example.org