In 2010 Arts & Life Skills was created to reduce violence and gang activity in low income public schools. The program focuses on behavior related issues that can lead to criminal activity. It is an evidence-based program that provides workshops, training and lectures for students, faculty, administrators, and parents.
In 10 years, the program has successfully serviced over 10,000 individuals that are between the ages 8-21 in middle and high school. Data from the education department has indicated that the program has reduced the number of incidents such as fighting, bullying, and gang activity by 70%. The effectiveness of the program comes from a commitment by the staff, and community leaders that are former law-enforcement and former incarcerated leaders.
Lorenzo Steele Jr.