- New York
Kids Creative is a nonprofit organization that provides unique artistic opportunities to NYC youth. Our mission is to foster creative, critical thinking, academic, and peer leadership skills in children and young adults through a wide range of arts-based peace educations programs. Kids Creative programs focus on developing confidence and strong communication skills through music, theater and visual arts. Over 1,000 youth are served each year through afterschool programs, summer camps and free workshops. Adhering to the principle "All ideas are good," Kids Creative's programs empower students ages 4-18 to create their own original musical productions; developing characters, writing scripts, composing music and performing with the help of professional teaching artists. Through this process, students learn to express themselves, take creative risks, collaborate, and have fun. Over 80% of Kids Creative participants’ families are eligible for free and reduced lunch, indicating high levels of financial need and the inability to pay for extra programming outside of the school day, so after school and summer programs are provided for free or at a heavily reduced cost.