drum circle

Artistic Collaboration: Transforming Youth and Youth Justice by Integrating Arts

The room was silent. Twelve probation officers sat silently in a circle. Some glared at the floor, some looked at the ceiling. The African jembe drums sat, one in front of each PO, a silent invitation. As the lead drummer began, they started to play along, hands gently against the taut skins of the drums, a whisper. Then a thump, then some missed beats, louder, a faltering rhythm, then laughter. One hour later, 12 POs were shaking the roof as they drummed together, beaming at each other and making music.

Marquis Murray at the YouthHarbors graduation.

Unaccompanied No More: Family Mediation and Preservation First

How can we expect young people who are worried about where they will sleep that night, where their next meal will come from or whom they can trust, to focus on their schoolwork, learn or plan for their future? Part of our response must be an emphasis on family mediation whenever possible for both children and young adults.

Youth high-fives her coach during Chalk Talk sport-based group therapy

Uniting Sport and Therapy on One Field

Children who participate in Doc Wayne’s Chalk Talk program are most often survivors of complex trauma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 4 million low-income youth have serious mental health challenges, but 80 percent of them do not receive the mental health services they need.