AFH’s model can and has been successfully adapted to meet youth challenges
in other communities, both urban and rural. We have been delighted to see
AFH-based programs thrive in several disparate communities, including Woonsocket, RI (RiverzEdge Arts Project); Kansas City, MO (MyArts); North
Little Rock, AR (The Art Connection); New Orleans, LA (Youth Creative Agency), Framingham, MA (The TEMPO program at Wayside Youth Services), London, England (Bromley by Bow), Haifa, Israel (Art Telling), and Detroit Michigan (Mint Artists Guild).
We constantly field inquiries from new communities eager to learn our approach and implement it for their youth population. We recognize the need to scale our arts enterprise model with an expanded facility in Boston so we can incubate new program innovations and respond to requests for adapting our model.
Understanding that educational opportunities offer pathways to economic attainment, AFH offers significant academic advancement and college access programming (Monday and Friday 3-6PM and Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8PM) including:
Through a partnership with BPS Arts Expansion at Edvestors, AFH youth employees at under-performing schools can earn high school credits for the integrated arts education they receive while working at AFH.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS! Mathematics):
when art meets STEM. AFH mentors make explicit the STEM concepts embedded in AFH projects and practices to better connect youth with their school learning and expose them to
As needed, AFH provides teens with 1:1 tutoring to help them develop comprehension in core subjects, succeed in tests, and improve grades. Tutoring is available to all AFH youth employees. Teens with grades of D or below in core subjects or language on their quarter report card are required to attend as a condition of their employment.
AFH supports program alumni enrolled in post-secondary education with financial and human resources. We offer summertime Assistant Mentor positions at AFH and connect alumni with other employment opportunities through our alumni Facebook page.
All teens craft and refine artist
statements, reflection pieces, and descriptions of STEM used in art making.
In my view this is more than just art,
it’s an opportunity:
one that allows our young people to
find and peruse their passion whether
it’s in the arts or another field.
Patrice Jean Louis Louvet
Former Group President, P&G
Wanna see magic? Visit Artists For Humanity - where young folks create
cool stuff and young women write their future.
Former MA Attorney General
Counsel in Foley Hoag's Litigation Department
Teen artists give voice to their experience working and learning at
Artists For Humanity.
A 2014 alumni survey found 89% of past participants either actively
enrolled in school or in productive careers
100% of AFH’s high school seniors
graduate on time
100% of AFH's high school seniors have been accepted to post-secondary education or advanced vocational training
Seeing all the kids
so engaged in such meaningful and
was uplifting in a
way I never
In fact, AFH is one of the largest on-site employers of youth in the City of Boston, with hundreds of under-resourced teens employed as artists and designers each year during critical out-of-school hours. According to the Center for Labor Market Studies (2008), having a job enhances a teen’s future employability, earning potential, and even the likelihood of their graduating from high school.
However, high fractions of low income and minority teens are jobless and this demographic is largely represented in AFH’s youth workforce. On average 90% of our youth employees come from low- and very-low income families. In October 2018, AFH opened a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion to our facility that will allow us to unite 500+ teens with jobs in the creative industries by 2021.
AFH counteracts the risks facing young people – one teen at a time – by giving them a job; enrichment that comes from the arts and cultural experiences, a safe place to go with their peers after school; a culture of respect, responsibility, and engaged mentorship; an opportunity to learn and conduct business in the innovation economy; and the studio habits of mind which transfer into essential life skills. AFH reinforces the teens’ work and experiential learning with robust academic support systems – including a fully integrated arts and STEM curricula; after-work academic tutoring; comprehensive college readiness programming, and college retention supports – all designed to assist young people with obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent and embarking on post-secondary education or their next productive pathway.
"Artists For Humanity gave me a voice when no one else would give me a thought."
-Damon Butler, Co-Founder and Artist/Entrepreneur
AFH helps teens develop individualized plans for post-secondary education, and provides assistance with college tours and applications. AFH works with teens to secure scholarships and financial aid packages through a variety of opportunities and institutional partnerships. The class of 2018 received $830,000 in scholarships and with assistance from AFH’s education staff. The average senior had 83% of their entire cost of college covered by scholarships.