Programs for Homeless & Foster Youth

34819376_1554682797690454_r.jpegSeeking Funding Assistance for A Home 4 Art, Inc. 
Enrichment Programs for Homeless and Foster Youth. 


OUR MISSION
A Home 4 Art is a pending 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth with the tools that they need to succeed. We aim to offer creative opportunities and imaginative solutions that empower homeless and foster children ages six to seventeen.

OUR VISION

The pillars of our home are art, music, literature, and drama. Our "home" environment allows children to express themselves through various modalities in a safe, fun, and encouraging center for hope. In the future, we hope to expand these pillars in order to incorporate mindfulness in collaboration with Breathe for Change.

Sites We Currently Serve
Florida Locations:
The Children's Home Network, Tampa
Access Granted Now, Palmetto
Carlton Manor, Saint Petersburg & Pinellas Park

Community Outreach
A Home 4 Art seeks to not only provide community support for youth in need but to provide the children that we serve with the opportunity to advocate for themselves. Through outreach events such as our Gallery 4 Good, Kids 4 Kids, and Acting 4 Action programs, our children can strengthen their definition of community and family. We welcome the public to these events in the hopes of igniting a spark within our talented youth and those who support their dreams.

Our Programs
Our "home" is supported by four artistic pillars: art, music, drama, and literature. Each of these enrichment programs was carefully designed, in collaboration with expressive arts instructors, to serve homeless youth ages 6-17. Our programs aim to establish a sense of normalcy, permanency, and security within those we serve. With the aid of community volunteers and staff, we help youth to redefine their pasts and gain control of their futures.

Our Goals
As art programs dwindle and homelessness grows, we are prepared to be a forward moment for change. Our goal is to inspire the communities that we serve to educate themselves about homeless issues and extend a hand where they are able. A Home 4 Art hopes to gather momentum in order to serve states outside of Florida and countries outside of the United States. We are a global movement for neglected, abandoned, and homeless youth who eagerly await their opportunity to shine.

Founder
A Home 4 Art was founded in 2019 by child advocate Michalla Brianna. Michalla received a B.A. in human developmental psychology & creative writing from Eckerd College. She is currently a student at The University of the Cumberlands where she will earn her M.A. in clinical counseling. Additionally, Michalla is CPR and First Aid Certified and has completed DCF, Early Learning, and Foster training.
Michalla is a former Disney entertainer, children's party planner, gymnastics coach, pre-k teacher, a professional singer, commercial model, and public speaker for youth. She currently owns and operates The Barrie Patch where she publishes and sells her inspirational children's books, apparel, and games.
In the future, Michalla will complete an additional M.A. in digital media from Harvard University, obtain her Florida counseling license, and become a certified expressive arts therapist.
Born into poverty, Michalla struggled for the first ten years of her life before being taken in by her grandparents. "For the first time, someone told me that they believed in me and provided me with various expressive outlets. Through this experience, I learned that one person can make a difference in a child's life. I want children to enter a space where they feel that they can be themselves and explore a future that is not defined by their pasts.”

Youth Testimonials
"I want to hang our artwork up above our foster home fireplace so that girls coming in after us will have hope." -Female Foster Youth, Age 14, @Access Granted Now

"At first I didn't want to do the activity because I didn't think that I could do it. After I thought it was fun and I really liked it. It made me realize that I can do things that I didn't think that I could do and how to not get frustrated and how not to give up."-Male Foster Youth, Age 10, @C.H.O.I.C.E

Activity Example: Self-Portrait Puzzle (Pictured Above)
Youth are presented with various parts of white poster board and asked to select a piece that they feel most drawn to. Youth are then asked to select a positive word or words that they feel that they exemplify. Each individual then fills their piece of the board with artwork, utilizing the word that they selected at least once. As they draw, youth are asked to discuss a time when they feel that they embodied the word that they selected. Word examples include strength, courage, optimism, love, and leadership. Once each piece of the board is colored in, the pieces are glued back together to create one empowering canvas that can then be displayed in the group home or donated to a location of the youth's choice. This activity inspires creativity, teamwork, communication, and individuality while promoting self-esteem and providing new forms of expressive outlets. Donating art encourages community while keeping it allows for a lasting beacon of hope. 

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Organizer

Michalla Brianna 
Organizer
Ruskin, FL
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