There’s always something happening at CATC, from the rich stories of individual urban teens finding new hope and opportunity, to our twice-annual themed student art shows, or the excitement of seniors creating their futures through Bridging the Gap. Here are some ideas for stories. For appointments or interviews: Gail at email@example.com or 513.475.0002
Hero’s Journey is theme for December 7 student art show
This year’s Deck the Hall student art show will present CATC students’ artwork based on their study of ”The Hero’s Journey,” writer Joseph Campbell’s framework for accountability in which everyone is the hero of his or her own life. Students are reflecting on their personal paths, including learning how growth is achieved or prevented by how one responds to challenges. Orientation included multi-media presentations illustrating the process one goes through in order to use life changes and other challenges as a catalyst to personal growth. The students who went to Yellowstone with CATC this past summer began to study The Hero’s Journey during that trip, are mentoring the other students in its meaning and expression, and will exhibit their photographs from Yellowstone at the show. Saturday, December 7, 3- 6 p.m. at Longworth Hall.
CATC begins 10th year of service
The 2013-14 school year marks 10 years of changing lives, bringing hope and opportunity to more than 3,000 urban teens. We began as an arts-based credit-recovery program that now graduates 93% of our mostly at-risk students. Then we added Bridging the Gap, a workforce program to help kids succeed after graduation, staying with them for the first year in college or matching them to careers, with an 89% job retention rate. We’re celebrating 10 years of helping urban teens become self-sufficient adults, equipped to raise self-sufficient current and future families. We’re honored to make a difference–for our kids, our neighborhoods, our entire community. Thanks for your support, and for celebrating 10 years with us.
CATC students return from Yellowstone, taking the experience into their senior year
Ten CATC students returned from a week-long summer adventure at Yellowstone National Park with a new perspective on life’s possibilities and their own potential. The students committed to return to CATC for their senior year, and will be mentoring other CATC students, sharing their learning from the trip, and expressing their transformative Yellowstone experiences through art, as part of “The Hero’s Journey,” the academic theme for the first semester of study as the school year opens.
CATC will be tracking the students’ academic and personal successes in the coming year, and evaluating the impact of such a trip on student performance. To arrange a time to talk with any of the 10 students whose lives have been forever changed by the experience, contact Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.475.0002
CATC featured in nationwide “American Graduate” initiative
CATC students and instructors are being featured in the nationwide “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” media initiative that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has funded to explore the dropout crisis in communities across America. The initiative aims to share best practices and interventions–like CATC–that are helping kids graduate.
Over the past few months, interviews of CATC students and leaders have been featured in various American Graduate initiatives, including, in February, an hour-long special produced by WCPO/Channel 9 and CET, “Cradle to Career.” You can listen to the first CATC feature, an interview of CATC CEO Clara Martin, 4/21/12 describing how CATC began and has achieved a 90%-plus graduation rate for at-risk students, year after year. Click here for additional stories about CATC students and the obstacles they have overcome in order to graduate.
Ongoing story opportunities:
CATC results, how and why the arts can level the playing field for urban teens
Stories about aspiring Bridging the Gap students and successful graduates.