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Drawchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children from lower socioeconomic situations through the use of art therapy-based programming. Our programs teach coping skills that foster Collaboration, Creation, Dream-building, Empowerment, Imagination, Self-Esteem, and Stress-Relief.
What We Do and Why
Children are naturally creative. However, many of the world’s children have no means or encouragement to envision a break in the cycle of poverty. We provide the means to improve school attendance, leading to gains in academic performance, by supplying the materials and art therapy-based instruction that inspire children worldwide to create real and lasting change for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The time they spend creating allows the therapeutic aspect of art to flow through them, encouraging them to explore their subconscious and conscious thoughts. By igniting their innate creative spark, the children learn a healthy way to process emotions so that they can turn them into something truly remarkable.
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Why We Say 'Children' And Not 'Kids'
Part of creating an uplifting and fulfilling atmosphere is our conscious use of language. Often, the term “kid” is used interchangeably with “child”. We avoid saying “kid” because we see it as belittling to the youth we serve. Click here to learn more.
Statistics about Poverty and Art Therapy
Through the action of creating, children’s sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem, and individuality are affirmed. Homeless Hub
Children who have experienced trauma develop a sort of defense mechanism and the trauma also has effects on their personality. Role of Art Therapy on Complex Trauma Event
Creating art can validate the uniqueness of an individual, which gives rise to a sense of accomplishment and to feelings of self-worth. Why the Arts Matter for Kids’ Self-Esteem
According to research conducted by Center for Home in 2020, 295 Children experience homeless on any given night in the city of Atlanta. Point in Time Count 2020
According to the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to congress, 3,598 children ages 0-18 experienced homelessness in 2020.” The 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
Drawchange has reached over 14,000 children.” drawchange Founder’s Story
1 in 19 children experience homelessness before the 1st grade. Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles
Nearly 11 million children (1 in 7) in the U.S. live in poverty. The Basic Facts about Children in Poverty
Students experiencing homelessness are 87 percent more l likely to drop out of school than their housed peers. Family Promise Homelessness and Poverty Fact Sheet
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Aerial view of painting class.