The arts have the ability to influence and shape youths development on a number of levels — academically, socially and emotionally. Involvement in the arts encourages self expression — tapping into their inventiveness and creativity — and is a fun outlet that helps positively stimulate and motivate youth.
Arts Education as Enrichment program includes poetry, drama, music and dance used as a platform for self-expression and education.
The Hampton Roads Youth Poets is a division of the youth empowerment organization Teens with a Purpose, which provides a platform for youth to use talents such as poetry, music, and theater to effect change in the community through positive peer pressure. HRYP have just completed their 11th year representing the region at events such as Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival and/or Write to the City. They also compete and organize local and national events throughout the year.