We have established a notable presence in the Memphis community, working with at-risk girls (ages 8-18) in the North Memphis and Graham Heights Communities. Each year, we recruit girls from Memphis Scholars Caldwell-Guthrie, KIPP Memphis Collegiate School, Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School, Kingsbury Middle School, Kingsbury High School, and other local schools to “audition” into the program. We keep our girls safe – and off the street – by offering a creative outlet to develop their artistic potential through song and music. In the process, the girls develop confidence, team-building and cooperation, all needed life skills.
Metrics, data collection and evaluation are imperative to AngelStreet’s evolution. Students surveyed told us that: 41% said that they either rarely or never sang in front of an audience prior to AngelStreet, 98% said that they are not afraid to sing in front of an audience most of the time since participating in AngelStreet and 85% of the girls said that they ALWAYS feel safe at AngelStreet. We believe the numbers tell us what’s needed... fellowship, safe places and increasing confidence and leadership through song in our girls.
Children living in poverty are most at risk for juvenile delinquency, truancy and other negative behaviors, especially young women. Further, research shows that these experiences increase the probability of girls dropping out of school and falling victim to other negative behaviors. We feel certain the success, like our North Memphis chapter, will duplicate in Graham Heights and we look forward to growing more relationships with partners who will help support our efforts. Thank you for continued partnership and support!
Students who study art and music are 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3x more likely to be awarded for school attendance
The strategy of using music education in an urban context positively impacts the youth
and strengthens the community being used as an intervention model
Constant music and theater study corresponds with higher achievement in math and reading
Multiple studies show that art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students in school
High school students who participate in the arts are more likely to continue to participate as young adults and to have higher levels of educational attainment
In a study of a high-poverty schools in Chicago, schools participating in Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) made huge strides in closing the gap between high- and low-income students’ academic achievement