After-School Arts Program ProposalI admire this proposal because it demonstrates that it is possible to make a case for arts instruction even at this time of fiscal crisis. The writer uses both a model program and a theory of how after school programs help reduce youth crime to argue that her program will help strengthen the community. The Plan section might have been improved and the overall argument made more coherent. But the presentation is very good and the research strong.[Return address withheld] April 29, 2003 Ms. Paula Van Pelt New Jersey State Council on the Arts 225 W State Street 4thFl Trenton, NJ 08625-306 Re: After-School Arts Program Proposal Dear Ms. Pelt: Thank you for coming to my presentation on April 14, where I discussed my arts program proposal. Please review my full proposal, “Transforming At-Risk Youth into Positive Risk Takers,” which details the plan I discussed. The need for a visual arts program such as the one described in my report is necessary for Perth Amboy Housing Authority’s Neighborhood Center. As my research shows, community programs are one of the most important factors for controlling youth crime. According to the New Jersey State Uniform Crime Report, there were 3,153 juvenile arrests in Middlesex County in 2001. Of those arrests, 507 were larceny/theft related, 372 were drug related, and 359 were for assault. And in Perth Amboy, 12% of the 1,569 reportedcrimes were committed by juveniles. What is disturbing about these statistics is that approximately one third of these crimes were committed between the hours of 2 and 8 p.m., when children are under the least amount of adult supervision. A youth program could remedy that. My proposal illustrates the steps to create an after-school arts program where teens can learn self-expression, leadership skills, and pride in their work. The goal of this project is to make a stronger community through the arts. Every aspect of this program will be aimed at instilling pride for oneself and the community we live in and taking responsibility for ensuring that our neighborhood is a safe and healthy environment for all. If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposal or my presentation, please call me at 732-555-5555. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Arlene Perez 168
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