FAMILY Arts @ WHALER’s Creation mission is to educate the community at large about the tremendous need for people to consider becoming foster/adopted parents or mentors while providing job training in the Arts to foster youth, transition-age youth, and opportunity youth ages 14-20.
Youth are able to gain the skills and knowledge needed to obtain entry-level positions in a loving and nurturing environment conducive to learning. Throughout all programs, our youth have the opportunity to work with a clinical social worker to ensure they learn soft and hard skills, and necessary social work interventions to become confident, successful, self-sufficient, and productive adults. The clinical social worker creates individualized treatment/learning plans that meet their specific needs. All clinical behavioral health services/interventions are voluntary and are at no cost to the youth. Staying true to our mission, FAM (Foster/Adopt/Mentor) is the title for all our programs. Youth have the opportunity to cross-learn with our program. Life-skills training is incorporated in classes that includes: budgeting, banking, work behavior, dressing for success and social media do’s and don’t.
FAM Treats culinary arts training is for youth (ages 14-20) who are interested in a career in the food and/or hospitality industry. Classes are in-person and virtual to accommodate our changing times. We offer this on-going class with a new class starting every eight-weeks. Students have the opportunity to show off their skills by catering special events.
FAM on Stage
Youth with an interest in performing: dance, music, comedy, theater, vocals and visual arts, including the business, marketing, sales and management will learn from top professionals! Youth write, produce, direct, and perform shows that they develop. Youth are also taught how to sharpen their on-stage presentation.
Inspired by Oprah Winfrey the media mogul and a kinship care youth. This program teaches youth job skills in publishing print/internet, broadcast, and marketing. The emphasis is placed on developing a magazine, radio and television station. Youth in this program develop a community magazine called Youth News, (previously titled Black Card Gifts) and KFAM Youth Radio.
FAM Repairs provides foster, adopted, and kinship care youth (ages 14-20) the opportunity to work on small household projects while supervised by licensed professionals.
Hattie's Birthday Parties
This is FAMILY Arts best keep secret. In honor of Grandmothers who always have something special waiting on their grand loves. We plan and host Free Birthday Parties for foster children 6-12 years old.
If you are interested in any of our programs, please fill out the following form. We look forward to hearing from you!