Anderson Children's Foundation

Coachella Valley Housing Coalition

Coachella Valley Housing Coalition

Youth Art Program 2018-2019

The Youth Arts Program operates as an after school program which is designed to serve children and youth who reside in CVHC's multi-family housing developments in Coachella Valley. The program lets children join in fun-filled activities where they can share and explore various subjects and use creative self- expression to design their own art projects. Classes consist of fun and exciting arts and craft activities that include painting, drawing, sculpting and use of mix media. Children use their individual skill and talent to create imaginative art, crafts and objects using various recycled materials such as wood, canvas, clay, construction paper and plastic. Each month is dedicated to a particular theme which is focused on historic figures and events to include Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Earth Day, National Volunteer's Day, National Banking Month, etc.

Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm during the month of October through May. Classes are facilitated by several instructors who are experienced in art instruction and creative activities for children's programs. CVHC collaborates with the Crisalida Community Arts Project in partnership with the McCallum Theater, which provides instructor referrals to facilitate the classes; and the YMCA, which administers the program at each housing site.

Art Classes for Youth (2016-2017)

The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition hosts Art Classes for Youth at six of its after-school program sites. The art program's curriculum will target beginners, and small class sizes will allow opportunities for one-on-one instruction that addresses students' individual abilities. Experienced artists will teach the basic skills of their discipline, provide its historical context, and help students develop visual art projects to be featured in a public display at the end of each quarter. Students will discover the emotion and freedom of self-expression by developing unique artistic styles. Individualized instruction will also give students the opportunity to learn skills at their own pace. After completing weekly lessons, students will produce a completed work of art for a final project that encapsulates students' learning.

Arts-integrated school curricula improves academic performance and student discipline. The arts revitalize neighborhoods and promote economic prosperity. Participation in the arts improves physical and psychological well-being. The arts provide a catalyst for the creation of social capital and the attainment of important community goals. This program will make the arts available at no cost to every school-age child in the Coachella Valley.

Multi-Digital Media Arts Program for Youth (2015-2016)

Through grant funding support from the Anderson Children's Foundation, the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) will bring high-quality arts experiences to many children of disadvantaged households by launching a new Multi-Digital Media Arts Program for Youth. Through this unique program, underserved children throughout the Coachella Valley will have an opportunity to learn 'multi-digital media arts' which will include: digital photography, film-making, video editing, computer animation, and music production. The program will be offered at 10 CVHC housing community sites in the communities of Mecca, Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs.

Computer Technology Instruction Program for Low-Income Children (2014-2015)

The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition aims to provide computers and Internet access to children living in poverty. Digital literacy is a prerequisite for professional and academic success; students need computers to complete assignments, parents need the Internet to check grades, and job applicants must go online to secure employment. Yet many disadvantaged children in the Coachella Valley area lack computer access and face negative repercussions of this "digital divide."

CVHC's Computer Technology Instruction Program will provide computer access and instruction to over 2,500 children. These children will engage in activities that reinforce six instructional areas: Technology Operations and Concepts, Digital Citizenship, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision-Making, and Creativity and Innovation.

All children who participate in the Computer Technology Instruction program will develop technological literacy to enter college, become productive members of the workforce, and succeed as citizens.