Striv4U Arts

Dr. Brian T. Long Striv4U Arts

What we’re providing?

Prevention, through the focus of channeling creative expression, is our core mission in striving to save young people from the effects of substance abuse, gang involvement, and violence. By obtaining an education in artistic creation, students have the opportunity to explore different cultures and values.

Who are we serving?

We cater to students with a desire to express themselves through artistic form, bridging the gap between the traditional classroom environment, family support, and motivational reinforcement. Peer pressure is a strong influence among youth, and is oftentimes stronger than the family structure.

Many youth search for expressive companionship, but sometimes, the avenues they choose leads down a destructive and unsuccessful path. This path can open doors to illegal activity and academic failure. Peer pressure is not always negative.

Within the right environment and with a positive support structure, students can flourish. STRIV4U meets youth in the middle, giving them an outlet to channel their creative talents.

Why are the Arts Important?

  • They help improve academic achievements such as enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.
  • They integrate the mind, body, and spirit.
  • They provide feedback and  opportunities for reflection.
  • They are centered on using personal strengths in meaningful ways and bridges into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions through these strengths.

Purpose:

To connect youth with others through artistic channels designed to
encourage self-awareness and influence individual reflection. We strive to promote cohesive problem solving skills, while providing creative motivation in a classroom setting STRIV4U provides opportunities by enhancing creative talent through teaching strategies using systematic procedures that allow students to use
interactive approaches to success. This program caters to youth underrepresented within communities due to
circumstantial obstacles.

Vision:

Our vision is to provide an alternative to traditional after school
programs using artistic explorations, creating an atmosphere where every individual is motivated to pursue their goals and aspirations through effective role
modeling.

Mission:

To provide opportunities for individuals to express their inner
capabilities through creative arts by focusing on personal strengths