Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $67,000)
Wyoming Families First (WFF) will use a holistic rehabilitative arts-based programming approach through a Creative Youth Development (CYD) framework that is equitable, relevant, and inclusive for underserved justice-involved youth. Youth, as artistic collaborators, will have access to high-quality art-based interventions in conjunction with programs that create conditions for human flourishing aimed at reducing delinquency, recidivism, and/or other high-risk behaviors. Youth will have the opportunity to build positive competencies through hands-on creative expression(s) designed to strengthen their social and emotional development. All programming culminates in family night artmaking events and youth-led final exhibition projects. WFF will work with teens to teach skills that help them successfully transition into adulthood. WFF will build on its success by integrating creative arts as an outlet for vulnerable, justice-involved youth to cope with trauma, build resiliency, and develop interpersonal skills and prosocial behaviors needed to support their health and well-being. WFF’s ‘Color (Creating art, Optimal health, & Leadership skills Oriented for Resilience) the Future’ project will focus its efforts on serving underserved youth involved with the juvenile justice system residing in Laramie County at Youth Alternatives and ROP Meadowlark Academy.