Our rich curriculum was developed in a collaborative effort between artists, social scientists, mental health specialists and university faculty. The provides a solid educational, therapeutic and social integration platform for students so that they acquire both personal and occupational skills. Students go through a process of emotional healing as they learn skills to better prepare to face the world, thus becoming active, functional and self-sufficient members of society.
A group of skilled artists, educators, and university student interns from the United States and Mexico help facilitate ABT workshops and programming.
ABT utilizes the arts to prevent and reduce school dropout rates and minimize unhealthy activities, such as gang violence that is prevalent in underprivileged communities. Our dedicated team of instructors provides students with life-skills development, mentoring, and hands-on instruction and activities through visual and performing arts.
Our student participants become actively engaged in self-discovery, learn coping skills, bring down their protective barriers, and begin to develop their potential. They do this through writing, performance, and team-building activities such as producing short films together with industry professionals and designing and painting murals to beautify their community. The arts provide a positive diversion from destructive behaviors. Students are more likely to improve their grades and become more engaged in healthy activities.
Students are provided structured curriculum that allow them to see beyond their current circumstances. We help them overcome adversity as they prepare for a life as both independent young adults and active members of their local community.
ABT student participants visit college campuses, film studios, cultural centers, and other professional settings selected to contextualize curriculum. Students also participate in peer mentoring with youth on the other side of the border (Mexico or the United States), interacting through teleconferencing and messaging. This interaction creates international camaraderie, teamwork and emotional support.