Lead Partner: YMCA Youth and Family Services
Project Description: Common Ground is a year-round arts-infused community service learning experience for 26 middle school students from low-income, high-crime areas in Silver Spring (Quebec Terrace/Nob Hill area). There are 7 high school mentors.
Driven by a potent synergy of artistic disciplines and youth development strategies, the students guided by the teen mentors and teaching artists, collaborate over a period of months to develop and produce a final “pop-up” event in the community.
“Common Ground” focuses on producing measurable gains in the students’ artistic development, ability to collaborate, skills in project management and self-efficacy.
Funding: Full TeamUp funding for initial three years. Challenge grants 2015, 2016