The Community of Care Network
In Fall 2019, ARTS and the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) entered into a partnership to launch our Community of Care Network. The intersection of creativity and care has always been at the heart of the work we do at ARTS — and when we became a Live Well San Diego site, it was a natural fit to engage the County. The network will grow in the years ahead, but we’re excited to build it together with an institutional partner like HHSA. The first phase of this partnership includes the following:
ARTS hosts HHSA (Health + Human Services Agency) interns — what we call our “Care Interns” — who collaborate with our Teaching Artists to co-design ARTS After School classes, both the curricula as well as the learning spaces where elementary and middle school age youth gather. Care Interns are university students pursuing degrees programs in fields like social work, counseling, and therapy who have chosen to be at ARTS for one academic year.
HHSA @ ARTS
County staff members are on-site at ARTS to: 1) supervise Care Interns; 2) provide direct support services to youth and families; and 3) provide mental / behavioral health training, access to educational opportunities to ARTS team and teaching artists.
Making Sense of the Data
HHSA’s Public Health staff is supporting measurement and evaluation of ARTS’ 6 Program Design Practices. As a provider of high quality after-school / out-of-school creative arts programming, it made sense for ARTS to adopt these Practices from the Quality Standards of Expanded Learning from the CA Department of Education. Our intention is to build a framework that enables us to create robust learning experiences and environments, then show our outcomes.
Here are our 6 Program Design Practices:
Safe, supportive spaces
Youth voice + leadership
Healthy choices + behaviors
Active + engaged learning
Equity, access, + inclusion