WHY AT-RISK YOUTH?
Established 2013, The Outkast Academy is a 501 C3 Non-Profit Organization, we emerged out of a pursuit to guide and mentor youth of inner city communities through our programs, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. We know that impactful change occurs when action is taken to help those in need, which is why we made it our mission to reach the youth of underserved communities. The challenges our youth are facing today require leaders that ignite purpose and build up our young people to reach their highest potential. We are those leaders driven by creative innovation, positive reinforcement, and a strong foundation of support. The Outkast Academy is here to build a brighter future one youth at a time.
Over 800,000 youth between 10 to 24 years of age live in the City of Los Angeles. A majority of this population, 81% are youth of color, and creating opportunities for this population will help them reach their full potential and make the City more prepared for the future. Therefore, investment in youth programs is a critical component of citywide efforts to combat poverty, stabilize mental health, and decrease dropout rates. An emphasis on preventing risky behaviors, preparation for the workforce, afterschool services, and raising academic achievement are all increasing the demand for youth programs. Los Angeles faces significant challenges in this area since policymakers have not adequately funded and successfully coordinated effective services.
Times are extremely tough for our vulnerable youth, this is how we are making an impact during the pandemic.
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"Outkast has changed my life in a positive way and has helped me become the person I want to be. Outkast is my home away from home where I can be myself without getting judged. Every single person in here feels like family, and it made me realize family does not mean blood, family means real friendship and loyalty."
"Because of Outkast, I now know how to handle difficult situations in a positive way, I have set goals for myself and know the road I need to take to achieve them. Outkast has showed me that no matter what I am feeling, dance is always there to express that feeling."
Marcos, 15, Sophomore
Herbert, 17, Senior
"Outkast changed my life because I am now more outgoing than shy and way more confident than I was before. I know that when I am here, I won’t be judged for who I am. Outkast has helped me change my mindset from a negative one to a more positive one."
Sayra, 14, Freshman
"Outkast changed me so much that I have stopped bad habits that I formed in the past. I have become more responsible because Outkast has truly focused on helping me learn how to properly communicate when I need to, especially with my parents."
Wendy, 18, Senior