Read our student success stories.
“I learned so much from Arts for a Better Tomorrow about myself and learned that I can always pick myself up after I fall and keep going, that falling is alright and I can’t be too hard on myself I use it to move forward a stronger man for me and my family.
"ABT opened my eyes when I didn't want to open them anymore because of all the bad things I have seen and been through."
I want to introduce the younger kids in my neighborhood to the tools I learned through acting so they can help me to change Maclovio Rojas into a better place that is safer than what it is now. Arts for a Better Tomorrow opened my eyes when I didn't want to open them anymore because of all the bad things I have seen and been through. ABT helped me feel what was going on inside me, my emotions and I found out it is OK to feel, to cry and let it out, that is what makes me a man that I con know I have feelings and want to do something about it. So I don't go down the wrong path like my father did. And now my little brother and sister want to take the classes. Even my mom too! Thank you and cant wait to be a teacher with ABT. I will go to college and study psychology.”
“When I arrived to the class, like other teens my age, I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be gone. I was bullied for many years in school because I wore black clothes and wouldn't talk to anyone. The ABT class has shown me so much I dont know where to start. I discovered there are feelings in me I didn't even know I had. There is a way out. Life is beautiful. People can actually care for me and that makes me care for them.
After three months of taking the Arts for a Better Tomorrow classes I learn something real important I learn how to feel again. And that is something I know i would not have learned in school. I want to live, I want to be here. I now feel alive and I dont feel like I just am going through every day just to get through it.
I feel stronger even when bad things still happen and they will happen but I know I am worth fighting for me to be the best me, to be the best Belem I can be. That is my role and I will play it better than anyone else. I will study psychology in the university and I will help girls my age who are going through what I went through so they can also know there is a way to come out ahead.
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"Before Arts for a Better Tomorrow came to my school I didn’t think anyone cared, like teacher already gave up on me and we didn’t have cool classes like “Bringing Down Walls” class and I had no idea that through a theater class I would be able to meet someone in Tijuana at an orphanage, I now realize they go through the same struggles that I do here and I’m in the US, They have dreams the same way we do here and that makes me feel like I’m not alone."
-Adolfo, 17 yrs old, Highland Park Continuation High School, USA
"Since taking these classes I learned to get along with the other kids here at the orphanage, I don’t fight so much anymore. I still get upset sometimes when someone does something to annoy me but I learned to have more control of my emotions. And I learned that I’m fine the way I am, i am enough the way I am, no one can take that away from me. I am Lily. I have no idea I could learn this from acting ..."
-Liliana, 14 to 16yrs old, City of Angels orphanage, Tijuana, Mexico
"Taking these classes I learned to value what I have, that my school education is important to my future, I learned to respect others even in my school and to respect and accept myself and my actions. I learned that my future is important. That I am important. I learned through meeting Adolfo in Highland Park high from the other side (USA) that we are all the same and he encourage me to go back to school when I dropped out. I now have a friend there. I will stay in school and continue to take the ABT classes, I want to see what else acting will teach me about myself."
-Jorge, 14 to 17yrs old, Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico