Youth Arts Alliance! is a four-county art collaborative in Southeast Michigan. The project developed out of a commitment made by facility administrators to find more ways to color the black and white landscape that youth face in the Juvenile Justice System. With the support of community artists and dedicated volunteers our canvas screams prevention, possibilities and positive futures.
Youth Arts Alliance! serves youth who are in residential treatment and detention services at Jackson County Youth Center in Jackson, Washtenaw County Youth Center in Ann Arbor, and Monroe County Youth Center in Monroe. Additionally, YAA! offers youth involved with the Livingston County Juvenile Court community-based workshops in Howell.
Each week, over 125 youth, express themselves in visual arts, creative writing and theater. 92% of youth plan to participate in more creative arts activities upon returning to their communities.
Youth Arts Alliance! believes involvement in the arts facilitates personal growth and increased connections to the community. We offer at-risk youth creative workshop opportunities to encourage, support, and celebrate their artistic talents and social development.