Monthly Archives: December 2015

Power of PEOPLE Drives Student Success

Empowering Students to See a Possible Future & the Tools to Obtain It! 

A Reason to Survive (ARTS) is committed to mentoring the creative and personal development of our students. We provide one-on-one mentorships, portfolio development, counseling, as well as internships and paid apprenticeships through ARTS Enterprises ©. We truly believe that creativity is an asset all youth should have entering this creative economy. We are dedicated to building the creative capital of our youth through this program to prepare them for a brighter future.

Meet Moises:

Moises first joined ARTS as a student in the Inspire program. Overtime Moises has found multiple mediums for creative expressions including; writing, poetry, multi-media, performing arts, and photography.

Creative and Career Manager, Melinda Cooper found that Moises was a very enthusiastic learner and would be a great candidate for the Empower program. Her mentoring has lead Moises to a paid apprenticeship,which will include a leadership position within the Media Arts Department.

We are honored that Moises shared this poem with us:

Lost in the Urbane
They say loneliness is the worst thing you could ever experience.
In some aspects that might be true.
I feel the beauty of everything comes out more often than not –
to experience something that is there without the interference of others:
the trees, the breeze, the urban landscape that is lost in all that lasts.
You can find yourself lost more often than not if you let yourself in.
– Moises

Double Your Impact with our Matching Gift Opportunity

Self expression, trusting relationships, and a safe place to belong give our students hope.

Meet Rosie:

Two years ago we moved here, but we didn’t have a place to live. I had no friends, no T.V., no phone, and I used to walk around and hang out in public spaces trying to meet people… one day I walked past this place, and saw art through the windows. I have bad anxiety, and it took me six months to apply.”

“Art saved my life, and it helped me discover who I am. Before I was here, I didn’t know who I was — I didn’t know what I was doing. When I came back to art, it helped my find myself. It is what I’m made of.”
Rosie is participating in a program in partnership with the San Diego Symphony painting piano’s that will be put in public places during the month of January. We hope you have a chance to see Rosie’s piano as well as the other beautiful pieces.


We’re thrilled to announce a year-end $35,000 matching gift opportunity. We’re grateful for two of our dedicated supports who have generously offered to match all gifts up to $35,000 now through December 31st.

Double your impact this holiday season  turn your $10 into $20, $100 into $200, $1,000 into $2,000!

Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end donation today, so we can continue to provide healing, inspiring and empowering arts programs.

Thank you for your continued support.