HopeCAT offers free after-school Youth Arts programs for students grades 9-12. Through structured curriculum and a unique blend of students from many different districts in the region, HopeCAT works with students in the area to enrich education through the use of creative arts and mentorship.
HopeCAT exposes youth to the arts by offering a rigorous, year-round, after school arts-based program for local high school students. We are initially partnering with several school districts in the Shenango Valley, but ultimately we will serve the entire region.
HopeCAT uses a combination of high-tech tools, compelling classes, and caring adults to help youth explore the arts and pursue their education in high school and beyond. Students are recruited through their partner schools to attend HopeCAT after school programming, but is open to any student grades 9-12 who can provide their own transportation. Classes are at no cost, but students are required to maintain a good record of attendance and behavior.
Youth classes at HopeCAT include ceramics and digital arts. Courses offer hands-on instruction, allowing students to shape their own pottery or work high-tech equipment to unleash their creativity. Courses include:
Experienced instructors who are also accomplished, working artists.
Access to state of the art equipment
Encouragement and support from adults who care
Opportunities to turn creative visual arts into transferable skills