At Outkast we highlight the importance of education and the role it plays in reaching greater heights. We provide Academic Coaches to assist each student in achieving 100% of their educational goals. We instill the mindset that education is not a phase of life but a way of life.
To assure students are staying on track to graduate, we consistently provide daily homework checks and monitor a monthly homework log. Our program also includes the use of our grade goal system which helps them set a grade goal for each class and requires them to write an action plan outlining how they will achieve it. We keep in touch with their teachers to see how we can collaborate to help students meet their goals and we meet with students to check their progress when grades are sent out. We couple their path toward graduation with information about College as well as guidance and assistance with the college application and enrollment process. Understanding that this time can be very stressful, we take extra care in providing a positive, nurturing environment for their transition to adulthood.
College Application Assistance
We help our students who have transitioned from
high school to college establish clear goals along with concrete steps to accomplish those goals.
• Improves academic performance.
• Improves attitude towards learning and school.
• Improves work and study habits.
• Helps overcome learning obstacles.
• Encourages the freedom to ask questions.
• Prepares youth for college.
Our fitness program focuses on overcoming superficial physical stereotypes and conditions the mind to realize there are no limitations. We take our students through rigorous workouts that not only challenges them physically but mentally. At Outkast we teach our youth that body definition doesnt define us and that health starts from the inside out.
Group Fitness Classes
Strength & Conditioning
• Studies have shown good youth fitness practices have a positive effect on academic performance, improving their mental capabilities if the child is exercising at least 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.
• Decreases long-term risk factors that can lead to chronic diseases.
• Fitness helps to improve concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.
• There's a 70% chance that an overweight adolescent will remain overweight or obese as an adult.
Our family student aid program focuses on assisting our students and their families who lack financial resources to sustain their basic needs, and, who are also facing homelessness. We work to supply each family the with their emergency needs, including but not limited to, groceries, water, school supplies and clothing. We also assist with resources for temporary housing for families while they work to recover from poverty, find stable jobs, and provide the most important needs to their children.
Our mentoring program creates a nurturing environment that encourages the development of leadership skill sets and character traits that will guide the students toward becoming self-sustaining individuals leading them to a path of success, accomplishments, and individuality. We approach every topic with a thorough teaching process that includes both learning and implementation, creating esteemed individuals through self-realization.
Judgment vs Character Judgement
Communication & Connection
Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37%
less likely to skip a class.
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
Mentoring reduces “ depression symptoms” and increases “ social acceptance, academic attitudes
Our dance programs take students through the process of discovering their passion, identifying who they are as a dancer, and embracing their craft. Through our no-judgment culture we provide technique, body conditioning, and performance training for all levels, transforming even those who come in with little to no dance experience into confident, passionate, and powerful dancers.
Pop and Lock
Outkast takes dance training beyond the physical instruction and culturally educates their students on the history of various dance styles. We show them where it all began and explain the importance of knowing how dance styles came into creation. With this knowledge we expand their minds and foster an environment where creativity is encouraged and new innovative dance styles flourish.
Youth Transformation Showcase
The Outkast Academy hosts an annual spring show that highlights the transformation of our students and shares their personal journeys of triumphantly overcoming life challenges. In preparation for the show, students learn how to channel their emotions in a healthy and creative way while learning soft skills and character skills including, but not limited to, teamwork, integrity, perseverance, communication and conflict resolution. All students who are involved in our program participate in our annual culmination to showcase their work for the community.