Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

submission by AIYN

About Your Application

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Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network: includes AIYN members Armory Center for the Arts, Bold Ink/WriteGirl, Coalition for Engaged Education, InsideOut Writers, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Street Poets Inc., Unusual Suspects

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) is an interdisciplinary collaborative that provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


AIYN is seeking funds to match an investment by the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary arts programming in all juvenile detention camps and halls across Los Angeles County in the coming year. This bold initiative has the power to transform our young people, the systems that serve them, and create a powerful resource for the creative economy in Los Angeles.

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Arts empower youth and catalyze change. Changing lives to access the creativity that makes Los Angeles great!

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.


AIYN is using arts as a foundational strategy to transform our young people into healthy adults who are assets to the creative economy of Los Angeles.

The positive impact of arts education on youth currently or formerly involved in the juvenile justice system is well documented in numerous studies. According to a National Governors Association Center for Best Practices study, the arts contribute to lower recidivism rates, increased self-esteem, the acquisition of job skills, and the development of creative thinking, problem solving, and communication skills among high-risk and at-risk youth. Participants in youth arts programs exhibit reduced delinquent behavior and fewer new court referrals than their non-participating peers.

Additionally, we are gathering an increasing body of evidence that the arts are a uniquely powerful tool in helping youth understand, articulate, and process trauma. This has led AIYN to refer to integrated, experiential arts education as a “healing-informed practice.” Arts programming also has been proven to strengthen essential 21st Century learning skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, and enables and encourages youth to access creative economy jobs.

In addition to providing programming to youth, a core component of our work is engaging Probation as a partner: AIYN seeks to provide hands-on training for Probation staff in the camps, halls, and community transition. This ongoing professional support serves to integrate arts as a key strategy with youth within the culture of Probation itself.

AIYN has established partnerships with LA County Probation, and LA County Arts Commission. AIYN has successfully completed two hands-on professional development trainings for Probation staff, as well as the Freedom Schools project (providing arts programming in the afternoon as part of Children's Defense Funds' Freedom Schools program in 6 LA County Detention camps) in partnership with Probation and the Arts Commission. All parties confirmed the evaluation findings -- that this is a successful, transformative partnership.

AIYN is poised to become a powerful vehicle for partnership among community agencies, and between community agencies and public partners. With support, AIYN can become a champion for the arts as a violence prevention tool in practice, policy, and systems culture, as well as an effective strategy to strengthen LA's creative economy.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We have already done pre- and post- evaluations, and qualitative workshops with our Freedom Schools summer pilot program. These evaluations demonstrated the powerful impact of these programs on improving educational and social outcomes for participants, as well as outlook on the future (including employment). Our findings are being included in the upcoming USC evaluation report.

Moving forward, we will continue to deepen the pre- and post-surveys, and look forward to working with our partners to develop long-term outcome measures, including access to resources upon release, job placement, school placement, and reduced recidivism.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

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Mobile Film Classroom supports the fantastic work that all these organizations are doing

by Manon_MFC
5 months ago

I am Interested in Collaborating, I too am an advocate for Juvenile Justice System, Once a recipient now I advocate. my organization is Watch Me Rise Youth and Family Mentoring Project

by erobles
5 months ago

Street Poets is proud to be a founding member of this burgeoning collaborative of creative change-makers!

by ChrisHenrikson
5 months ago

I'm a teaching artist with The Unusual Suspects and I'm so happy to be working with AIYN. This grant would make a huge difference in the lives of so many youth!

by SarahKay13
5 months ago

Here at WriteGirl / Bold Ink Writers, we are crossing our fingers for this grant! It would be so great to be able to expand to work with many more young people in 2016!

by WriteGirl
6 months ago

What will the programming be? 11-week modules of one art form twice a week. The nest session will be an 11-week module of a different art form, twice a week, for a total of four to five modules a year (creative writing, visual arts, music, performing arts) for kids in all 13 camps and all 3 juvenile halls. This is an AMAZING opportunity to partner with public agencies to make real, system-wide change!!!

by klshilling
6 months ago

Great work, Kepp it up

by IndiraKajosevic
6 months ago

Such a beautiful and inspiring organization by sharing the GIFT of Art to people that can social and mentally express There life through Art. Amen

by Create2Inspire
6 months ago

Very interesting. I believe in the power of art to change lives. This seems like a very worthwhile cause.

by trosenthal
6 months ago

Such a beautiful team of organizations coming together to make a Mother organization - The Arts for Incarcerated Youth network is all about empowering our young people, helping them heal through the creative process, and to find their voice... Like the other submissions, this is a beautiful work being done - But I choose to vote for Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, with much respect to the other submissions..

by AquatikMedicine
6 months ago

Just so everyone knows the AWESOME members that make up AIYN include Street Poets, Inc., InsideOut Writers, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, WriteGirl, Armory Center for the Arts, Coalition for Engaged Education, and Rhythm Arts Alliance. All tremendous organizations in their own right, working together as the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network!

by klshilling
6 months ago

AIYN is doing important work to transform the lives of young people by fostering creativity and potential. AIYN will undoubtedly put awarded funds to use and will make a direct and positive impact in LA county. Vote for the future of our youth by voting for AIYN!

by ohoganfinlay
6 months ago

Movement-building at its best -- fueled by the creative process.

by ChrisHenrikson
6 months ago

Such an important issue for transforming lives and communities. I look forward to seeing more from this project!

by etindc
6 months ago

Love this! SO impresed by the collaboration of this group!

6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015