EXTRAordinary
Youth Inc.

Fostering our youth through the arts to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

EXTRAordinary Youth, Inc. is a nonprofit company dedicated to working with youth ages 13-18. It is our belief that through improvisation and acting we can increase transferrable skills such as reading comprehension, leadership, and public speaking. It is important to note that although we push learning through the arts, our main focus is on students learning skills that are necessary for them in everyday life, regardless of the career path they decide to take. EXTRAordinary Youth’s mission is to build a community of love, unity, and authenticity where youth can connect with art, and commit to growth.

Services

EXTRAordinary Youth Inc. offers the following services: Reading Comprehension, Public Speaking and Confidence, Writing and Performance Based End Products.

Reading Comprehension

Specializes in increasing a child’s ability to understand text by meeting them at their current level and pairing improvisation strategies to increase cognitive level. Improvisation techniques include: Reading strategies such as previewing the text, SLAP (vocabulary strategy), annotation,and setting the purpose/clarifying the main idea, quick reads (a small section of a text) where students will practice strategies to increase their  comprehension.
Improvisation strategies such as vocabulary raps/skits, charades, comprehension performances (making text into their own words) theater of the oppressed (making stories into visual art like sculptures)

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”

  

William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education