"We will our youth lead on to higher fields"
HENRY IV, PART 2 - ACT 4, SC. 4
BUILDING COMMUNITY, PLAY BY PLAY
Whether designed to reach inner-city youth, theatergoers, artists or the general public, all our programs are united by one common element: the life-changing potential of participation in live theater.
In our 25 years, SCLA has:
- Served hundreds of LAUSD teachers by offering accredited workshops to help invigorate the teaching and learning of Shakespeare in the classroom;
- Increased the GPA, standardized test scores and graduation rate for local inner-city students, many of whom live at or below the poverty level;
- Been recognized by Harvard Project Zero in their study Qualities of Quality: Excellence in Arts Education and How to Achieve It with our flagship education program, Will Power to Youth;
- Collected more than a million pounds of food for the hungry in our community through the Food for Thought program.
Explore our program listings to find out more about our unique, innovative, community-building programs.
YOUTH AND EDUCATION
Many of our youth and education programs combine job training, academic enrichment, and human relations training with hands-on arts experience - and are nationally recognized for their effectiveness in reducing high-school dropout rates and delinquency. More importantly, they instill a lasting sense of creativity and competency in the youth who participate.
The Shakespeare Center's Youth and Education programs receive support from:
- The Herb Alpert Foundation
- The Harry Bronson and Edith R. Knapp Foundation
- Disney VoluntEARS
- The James Collins Foundation
- The Green Foundation
- Sony Pictures Entertainment
- The State Street Foundation
- Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Fund
- Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation
- Shakespeare in American Communities
- The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
- The Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles
- SCLA's Movers and Shakespeares
- The Shakespeare Center Board of Directors