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Birel L. Vaughn Theater

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BRG Street Kids At Risk Program (SKAR) offers kids of the Bay Area a safe haven from the harsh realities of life; while exposing them to theater and helping build their self-esteem. The majority of the youth involved in this program live close to the Cultural Arts Center and are over exposed to the stresses that can bring, far to soon. Some live in single parent homes; if they even have a place to call home.

Despair, poverty, and abuse are a part of their everyday lives and have come to view poverty and drug abuse as a fact of life. Our children are in need of positive role models and constructive alternatives to violence, crime and abuse.

SKAR offers these alternatives through programming designed to recruit disadvantaged inner-city youth and nurture an appreciation for the art while providing job training opportunities. We acknowledge the challenges faced by SKAR participants; workshops and theater presentations on HIV Awareness, Violence Intervention, Teen Pregnancy and Drug Prevention are also a part of the program.

SKAR is year- round outreach job skills program encompassing various theater related activities that teach participants responsibility, leadership skills, time management and teamwork. Many of the young people that have been with the program show marked improvement in their communication skills, and their level of self-esteem.