TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives was inspired in part by the work of Shirley Brice Heath. Her research shows that arts and culturally based after-school programs for at-risk youth have the most success in reaching young people and helping them develop skills for productive and successful lives. Her book: ArtShow: A Resource Guide was written for a popular audience to learn from Ms. Heath’s 10 years of research for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is available at Partners for Livable Communities.
“A compelling case for the power of youth theater to fortify adolescents with empathy, passion, sensitivity, and the kind of early wisdom today’s young people must have to make the tough choices they face.”
Shirley Brice Heath
Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature, Stanford University
“This is the kind of arts education to celebrate.”
Rick Ayers, Huffington Post
“From the teenagers hearts, you feel the healing power of sharing a story – not only for the sharer, but for all that listen, including the audience.“
Trisha Meili, author, I Am the Central Park Jogger