JCCS and Probation Arts Workshops
San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Probation
37ECB, Lindsay, Bayside, SOUL Academy, YTC, East Mesa
MCCM has supported justice-involved youth in San Diego County through specialized workshops since 2017. These workshops cover entrepreneurship, painting, music production, and rapping/spoken word.
MCCM offers programs at four San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) sites: Bayside Community, 37ECB, SOUL Academy, and Lindsay Community School. MCCM also provides art and music workshops at the Youth Transitional Campus (YTC) and East Mesa Detention Center for incarcerated youth. These centers serve youth awaiting sentencing or with sentenced cases.
MCCM teaching artists understand the unique challenges faced by this population and create a safe environment for learning, creativity, and growth. With support from JCCS, San Diego Probation, and private donations, MCCM helps these youth envision a brighter future beyond the justice system.
California Arts Council, San Diego Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Downtown San Diego Lions Club
Crawford, Hoover, Soul Academy, Lindsay, 37ECB
Mid-City Entrepreneurs offers entrepreneurship afterschool programs to low-income, immigrant, and refugee populations at Hoover and Crawford High Schools in City Heights. The program provides students with the tools, technology, and training needed to create digital designs, develop branded merchandise, and build e-commerce businesses. This program is focused on bridging the digital divide, promoting financial literacy, and providing career mentorship to underprivileged youth. Program participants are connected with arts and business mentors who promote social and emotional learning while teaching vital career skills.
Reentry Through the Arts
California Arts Council
Second Chance San Diego
In partnership with Second Chance, a local leader in reentry services in San Diego, the Reentry Guitar Program aims to empower previously incarcerated individuals through the transformative power of music. Participants receive instruments, supplies, and group guitar instruction in a supportive and social setting, free of charge. This research-based program facilitates the development of new personal narratives and successful community reintegration by harnessing the power of community music. With a focus on group workshops and jam sessions, the program creates an environment conducive to positive change and personal growth.
The San Diego Foundation
Boys and Girls Club, Parks After Dark
In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Encanto Branch, the Safe Summers program offers year-round art and music workshops to low-income youth in Southeast San Diego. MCCM also extends its outreach through the San Diego Parks Foundation's Parks After Dark summer program, offering ukulele and art classes at park events in Southeast San Diego and City Heights. The program is specifically designed to address the challenges faced by underserved communities, including high crime rates, gang activity, and racial disparities. The program seeks to disrupt the cycle of low education, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior that statistically affects youth in these neighborhoods, by promoting engagement with the arts, emphasizing the value of education, and offering a pathway to a brighter future.
Teen Performance Workshop
California Arts Council
The Teen Performance Workshop program is an opportunity for youth from San Diego's Mid-City neighborhoods to engage in group and private instruction, hone their musical abilities and build confidence in their artistic expression. They are provided with a safe environment where they can explore their creativity and collaborate with their peers on a weekly basis. The program's highlight is the culminating live performance at Queen Bees Art and Cultural Center in North Park, where participants showcase their talent and experience the thrill of performing in front of a live audience. The program fosters teamwork, collaboration, and the development of valuable life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and creativity.