Momentum is the word! Big news launches the 2018-19 school year.

The 2018-2019 school year launched with big news and great momentum. Crowds filled the lobby and halls of the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts & Education as we celebrated the first four CATS graduates receiving scholarships from the Fifth Third Foundation–a new scholarship program created just for CATS students. To top it off, a surprise […]


Yellowstone 2018 expedition – our young “heroes’ journeys”

Elk grazing in mountain-bordered fields, waterfalls cascading, geysers shooting in the air. There were hikes to icy peaks, lessons in photography and in the natural world, watching out for each other’s safety and all the while in awe at the majesty of Yellowstone. Then it was back to the cabin to cook healthy meals, discuss […]


How healthy is the water? Yellowstone students learn how to tell

How healthy is the water? The Yellowstone-bound students took on the task of answering that question, going back and forth between classroom, lab, unspoiled woods and one of the streams on 600-plus acres of Greenacres Farm. Greenacres educators Judy Mouch and Lori Dorn taught the students how to test water health including turbidity, oxygen levels […]


Getting ready for Yellowstone – Cincinnati Zoo visit

The Yellowstone-bound students were zoo-bound, one of six “pre-trips” designed to prepare them for the challenges and adventures of their upcoming learning expedition to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Their visit began with a greeting by Cincinnati Zoo Director Thayne Maynard, who led them to his conference room where he, zoo […]


Opportunity Summer keeps CATS students on track for success

While other students are on summer break, CATS students and recent graduates can take advantage of adventures and career opportunities designed to keep the young adults on track toward successful, self-sufficient lives. Yellowstone-bound! In July, twelve CATS students will wing their way to Yellowstone National Park to hike, study geology and wildlife management, team-building and […]


CATS kids are going to Yellowstone again!

Ten CATS students, five boys and five girls, will take a week- long journey across the country to Yellowstone National Park this July. The expedition will provide lessons in personal growth, resiliency and collaboration, all through outdoor excursions in this majestic national treasure. Students apply for the trip in a rigorous process that includes a […]


New Semester Begins: Picture Freedom

Freedom can be the addition or subtraction of power.  Teenagers like our CATS students can understand that concept in a very practical way. Earning a driver’s license is a form of freedom that comes from newly gained power called, independence. (Remember those days?)   But this theme of freedom in a season of #metoo, #blacklivesmatter […]


College and Career Week–planning their futures

Build your own brand. Start saving as soon as you can. Show up, show up, show up! College and Career Week, which happens early every semester, is a dynamic event where CATS students move from room to room, hearing from area employers and college representatives about opportunities that could await them after graduation. Advice flows […]


“Fab 15” launches 15 years helping young people succeed

A crowd of supporters gathered for Fab15, a silent auction and fundraiser at CATS studios. The event launched the beginning of 15 years in which CATS has served the community by helping young people succeed. Guests bid on art by local and national artists as well as generous gifts from board members, and purchased student […]


Our 10th annual Deck the Hall student show

They came, they saw, they talked with the students about their art and their study of “Aesthetics,” this year’s Deck the Hall theme. They participated in studio demos, including trying their hand at the wheel in our ceramics studio. They shopped for holiday gifts, munched on cookies, and all in all made our 10th annual […]