Morpheus Youth Project builds healthy communities for young people thru arts and culturally responsive activities.
The purpose of the Morpheus Youth Project is to create an accessible, safe and respectful environment that encourages positive growth and provides creative opportunities through the arts and humanities. We believe that by investing in our youth through education and encouraging the development of self-awareness, we will provide viable tools and positive options for young people as they mature.
We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to develop into a positive and productive human being and to potentially become a community mentor for those who follow. By building confidence and instilling self-awareness, the youth in our programs develop the tools to transform their lives, which may have been unhealthy and self-destructive.
In an effort to create positive change with underserved youth, we take an approach that is three pronged:
1. The first approach is prevention. MYP offers youth creative options through the arts as an alternative to self -destructive behavior. We build relationships that matter and help to guide youth into healthy and forward -moving directions.
2. Positive intervention is our second approach. For youth already enmeshed in the juvenile justice system we build relationships through creative and educational workshops, but with a stronger emphasis on self and social awareness. This allows youth to become more conscious of the larger picture and to develop a new sense of identity, creating more understanding and leading them toward healthier lifestyles.
3. Practical assistance and mentoring is our third supportive approach for that difficult time when youth are transitioning out of correctional facilities and residential treatment programs. MYP becomes a touch point in this difficult time of reacclimation into their home communities. At this stage, MYP has established a trusting relationship with youth that can now be leveraged to provide a supporting hand to youth wrestling with this often overwhelming transition.