Our first fundraiser will be supporting the non-profit organization Artists Striving to End Poverty, also known as ASTEP.
Who or What is Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP)?
Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) was conceived in 2006 by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. They use the arts as a tool to empower young people with creativity, knowledge, and a strong sense of self-esteem- factors which help them advance their lives and communities. ASTEP also provide artists with opportunities to connect with global youths, allowing them to use their gifts to create meaningful and effective change for young people in need.
Our Goal & How You Can Help
As we mentioned in our introduction for fundraisers, we start with small goals, then increase if we make them. Our starting goal is at $200.
If you have the means, please help the cause by donating- every little bit helps. If you can’t right now, share the fundraiser with friends, family, and colleagues! Please note that Facebook is required to make a donation, since we are using their platform.
Why We Support This Cause & How Will Donations Help?
- Access to the arts and arts education is essential to a child’s academic and social development. It improves reading comprehension and creative thinking, as well as teaches problem solving and fosters collaboration.
- ASTEP’s programming is research-based. They employ nationally accredited standards to train artists and create curricula. Then they closely monitor and evaluate the impacts of each program on the children they serve.
- ASTEP collaborates with schools and partner organizations to tailor each program to address the specific risks that youths face in their communities. Such risks include (but are not limited to) substance abuse, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, gang violence, poverty, and teen pregnancy.
- ASTEP’s artists are the key to their success. The quality of these individuals place ASTEP among arts organizations. Volunteers are highly successful Broadway or professional artists, as well as students or faculty from schools such as Juilliard. They become transformative role models in the lives of the youth they serve, delivering arts programming through a variety of artistic mediums, including drama, dance, visual art, music, and creative writing.