The Flourish Foundation utilizes a unique pipeline to guide passionate, dedicated young individuals from underserved communities to use the arts as a tool to get through high school, access higher education, and eventually find a sustainable, successful career.  This pipeline offers individualized mentorship every step of the way, giving our students the support they need to achieve and surpass their academic and professional goals.

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Teaching Artist Program

The Flourish Foundation mentors a new generation of Los Angeles-area artists to become teachers and instructors by identifying passionate young individuals from underserved communities, offering training and employment opportunities in the arts education field so that they may return to their neighborhoods and schools to teach. In doing so, these developing arts educators function as both instructor and role model within their community. Flourish-trained and guided instructors work side-by-side with classroom teachers and school sites as guest teachers, artists-in-residence, or even after school program directors, introducing various performance art forms into the curriculum and/or providing performance material for a variety of class projects and programs.

If you are interested in our Teaching Artist Program, please contact Harry Weston at Harry@theflourishfoundation.org for additional information.

Current 2016-2017 School Site Partners
Abraham Lincoln High School
Augustus Hawkins High School
Belmont High School
East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet
Glen Alta Span School
James A. Foshay Learning Center
John Marshall High School
Martin Luther King Elementary School
Maya Angelou High School
Pacoima Middle School
Reseda High School
Santee High School
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences School
Van Nuys High School

UCLA Dance/Performing Arts Summer Intensive Program

Through a unique partnership with UCLA Summer Sessions and the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, The Flourish Foundation provides a valuable opportunity to artistically inclined students from the above school site programs and beyond. During this nine-day dance intensive, 40+ students from LA, various states and other countries are brought together to create a full length, professionally produced production at the esteemed Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, housed in UCLA’s prestigious Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

During the nine days, the students get an authentic college experience, staying overnight in the dorms each night, training in multiple dance forms with UCLA faculty and professionals from the Los Angeles area, not to mention, spending the whole time with six counselors, all of whom are undergraduate Dance majors themselves. Through this experience, the students gain a better understanding of the complex arts world, how they see themselves fitting into it, and the tools they need to enter this world and thrive in it.

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Applying To College Workshop Program

In addition to the UCLA Summer Intensive, The Flourish Foundation offers personalized tutelage and guidance to access higher education. Over four workshops, for four hours at a time, the foundation pairs 8-14 prospective college attendees with a facilitator and 3-4 college undergraduates and graduates, assisting students with items such as their personal statements, letters of recommendation, transcript orders, and other supplementary materials such as interviews and auditions. This individualized mentorship helps students choose the appropriate college and major to help guide the student to their chosen career path.

If you are interested in participating in our Applying to College Workshop Program, please contact Jackie Oka at J.oka@theflourishfoundation.org.

Mentorship Program

Once in college, the guidance and mentorship does not stop. The student is paired with a college undergraduate or graduate who, for the student’s first year of college (and beyond, if necessary) offers guidance and tutoring in any academic subject, or for any scheduling or career choices the student may have. The relationship of mentor and mentee is one The Flourish Foundation takes very seriously, and chooses its mentors carefully, taking time to match the right mentor with the right mentee, so that the relationship is productive and effective.

If you are interested in participating in our Mentorship Program, please contact Jackie Oka at J.oka@theflourishfoundation.org.