• Urban Arts structures sessions based on Responsive Classroom research, which shows a correlation between strong social skills and higher test scores. In line with the Responsive Classroom model, Urban Arts emphasizes: learning through interaction, teaching social skills such as cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control; and getting to know the students and their families on a personal level.
  • Urban Arts utilizes a Positive Youth Development framework to focus on the assets of at-risk youth. The arts-infused education offered at Urban Arts specifically helps youth with unique learning styles to excel, while recognizing and building on their artistic strengths that may not always be celebrated in traditional classroom settings. By cultivating strong relationships between students, parents, schools, and Urban Arts staff members, we create a network of support for students. This network—along with increased self-esteem, social skills, and positive decision making skills—serves as a strong protective factor to help prevent engagement in negative behaviors.
  • In line with out-of-school-time program research compiled by the Harvard Family Research Project, Urban Arts provides high-quality, year-round programming led by caring and competent staff who work closely with students’ families and schools.
  • Urban Arts promotes continuous quality improvement through the use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), which is a research validated instrument designed to evaluate the effectiveness of youth programs and identify staff training needs.
  • Urban Arts also frames all outcomes and activities around the “Six C’s” which include the Five C’s of Positive Youth Development, plus a Sixth “C” that speaks directly to the arts-infused model at UAA:
    1. Competence
    2. Confidence
    3. Connection
    4. Character
    5. Caring/Compassion
    6. Creativity