The Issue(s)...

So many young people we serve face barriers to care, and are left holding unmet needs due to the resource deprivation and regional neglect occurring in underserved communities. As a consequence of this neglect, our young people are often surviving lived experiences that unjustly disturb their sense of worth and wellness. Simultaneously, they are often navigating environments and systems that deny them dignity and place limitations around their safety, while being disproportionately inundated with messages that confirm ideas that they deserve this.

On the surface, the problem looks like...

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for youth 10 - 24 years old.

  • More teenagers and young adults die by suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.

  • On average we lose 1 life to suicide every 11 minutes.

  • In an average day, there are more than 5,200 suicide attempts made by middle school and high school students.

  • 80 percent of students who die by suicide never contact mental health services.


Helping to tell whole stories...

We believe fundamentally in the interdependent relationship between creativity and hope. We believe that restoration, healing and liberation are truly the work of AART. Our programs and productions promote connectedness, teach healthy coping and problem solving. We work to remove service barriers and restore relational deficiencies while providing tools to identify and support people in need of care.

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