Transformative Education

The Transformative Education Program at My Friend’s Place provides youth with creative arts programming, education and employment readiness services.

Through workshops, one-on-one sessions, and more intensive programming, the Transformative Education Program aims to equip youth with marketable skills, encourage positive behaviors, teach youth how to connect with resources that improve their self-sufficiency, and create an alternative way for staff to build rapport with youth who are reluctant to access more intensive services.

We offer a range of creative arts and life skills enrichment workshops that encourage self-expression and development in an effort to extend our non-threatening, life-affirming philosophy to youth who are hesitant to engage in more traditional programming. The use of creative processes that engage all of the senses supports healthy increased perceptual awareness, cognitive activity and the ability to more clearly communicate one’s own process. Participation and success in creative self expression is an opportunity for the youth to improve self esteem, hope and pro-social behavior. These workshops serve as a stepping-stone for engagement in our case management programs.

In Fiscal Year 2019, My Friend’s Place offered more than 700 creative arts workshops including circus skills, creative writing, visual arts, fashion design and sewing, digital media, jewelry-making, vocal coaching, songwriting and music recording.

  • Employment Services

  • Education Support

  • Field Trips

  • The SHIFT Internship Program

  • Music Recording

  • Creative Writing

  • Visual Arts Workshops

  • Improv Class