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Mission: To educate, encourage, and empower vulnerable youth through creativity development & positive relationships
Vision: Cultivate community peace, build innovative youth leaders, and positively change the cultural climate of a tribally-divided Kenya through art, mentorship, and community collaboration
Currently, one Amani Art Safe Space is installed in a non-formal school that serves Kibera's most vulnerable youth. Students 10 - 16 years old have daily access to the renovated room. Previously during free time, these vulnerable youths would turn to the streets to sell plastics or engage in other unhealthy behaviors in hopes of collecting a small income to sustain themselves. However, now Amani Art provides a safe, secure, and creative environment where students foster creativity, build trusting peer relationships, cultivate inner and community peace, and develop innovative solutions to community issues.
Twice a week after school, students participate in arts and life skills workshops lead by local artists and leaders. Additionally, students design 3-month individual projects in which they explore a personal passion through creative means. Mentors work one-on-one with students during individual projects in order to develop personalized relationships. These intimate relationships are invaluable. Frequently, students do not have supportive home environments and lack positive role models who can demonstrate admirable behaviors and attitudes. Amani Art combats negative influences by linking students to local leaders who demonstrate model behavior and provide psycho-social support. Through these mentor connections and art projects, students have the chance to grow into independent, creative leaders.
Students also gain skills that go beyond personal expression. As students engage with art materials, they learn to create crafts like jewelry, clothing, and home decor that can be sold in local and international communities. A new creative curriculum will be piloted in November in which students will challenge their concept of creativity. Students will develop ways to recreate every day items used in Kibera with recycled materials in a way that will enhance user experience. This new focus intends to mobilize creative thinking in a relevant manner so that students can use their creativity to directly enhance the lives of Kibera residents.