By Cassie Grooms, Event Marketing Intern
Inside Arts is a program that helps at-risk youth in juvenile detention centers in Indiana. More specifically, it brings arts education to four centers; Marion County Juvenile Detention Center, Bartholomew County Youth Services Center, Pendleton Juvenile Correction Facility, and Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center.
Marion County houses both males and females from the young age of seven, all the way up to age seventeen. There are currently 89 youth staying in this facility. The kids who are detained are done so for various reasons. The average stay at this facility is 14 to 21 days.
Bartholomew County Services Center holds males and females alike. The children currently in this facility range from age nine, to adults aged twenty-one. Bartholomew County serves a nine county area and offer programs such as secure detention, shelter, and day treatments.
The Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility offers both campus-style housing and maximum security housing for male students only. Their current student count is 153, and they have the potential to house a total of 360 students. The age range for this facility is 13-19 years of age.
Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center uses positive reinforcement and an opportunity to change their behavior to work with the students assigned to their facility. Right now, the age range of their students is 13 to 18 years old and includes both males and females. This facility is different in the fact that they are a non-secure, temporary space for juveniles who have committed status offences.
Last year, Inside Arts helped 802 of the children staying in these facilities, through 61 artist programs. With the help from the funds raised through Giving Tuesday, this program will hopefully be able to reach even more students this year. These children will learn a creative outlet that could eventually help express themselves through art. For more information on donating to this cause, visit this website.