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ABOUT URBAN GATEWAYS

Urban Gateways' mission is to educate and inspire young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth. Urban Gateways delivers high-quality arts programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities. Urban Gateways teaching artists collaborate with school teachers, administrators, and art specialists to develop and deliver engaging, integrated curricula for all types of learners.

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ARTS HEALING TRAUMA

Arts Healing Trauma combines Urban Gateways' expertise in high-quality arts education with the clinical services of UCAN (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network), a community-based organization that works with North Lawndale youth and families to recognize the impact of violence and trauma in order to create safety and healing. More than ever, Chicago youth and their families are inundated with traumatic incidents of violence and loss. Traumatic exposure to gun violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and substance abuse is experienced both directly and indirectly - as victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and afflicted community members. Urban Gateways recognizes that it often engages the very same youth and families who have been exposed to trauma and has witnessed firsthand the importance of becoming a trauma-informed organization. Without intervention, the life expectancy of youth trauma victims decreases by 20 years. Of Chicago's 77 community areas, North Lawndale had the second highest number of shootings in 2016 at 282, and the 5th most homicides at 34. The community has the 4th highest percentage of households below the poverty line at 43% with the average income at just over $12,000. Over 27% of the residents do not have a high school diploma and the unemployment rate is over 21%. The area is in desperate need of positive and impactful experiences. Exposure to gun violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and substance abuse is experienced both directly and indirectly - as victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and afflicted community members. Without intervention, the life expectancy of youth trauma victims decreases by 20 years. Arts programs are more in- demand than ever before, especially given the prominence of national studies validating the critical need for high- intensity arts programming as a factor for mitigating the impact of trauma, improved academic success, and lifelong learning.

STREET-LEVEL YOUTH MEDIA ACQUISITION

Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in creative self-expression, communication, critical thinking and social change. Using video and audio production, digital arts, and the Internet, Street-Level's young people address community issues, access advanced communication technology, and gain inclusion in our information-based society. Street-Level incorporated in 1995 to become one of the country's first nonprofits to offer technology access and media arts training to urban youth. Three years later, Street-Level won the inaugural Coming Up Taller award from President Clinton's Committee for Arts and the Humanities for its innovative approach to arts education. Street- Level's facility and free media arts education programs provide Chicago's under- resourced youth with a much-needed outlet for positive self-expression and cultural production. The organization serves over 800 young people through community and school- based programs.

$5 TEEN TICKET INITIATIVE

Urban Gateways is launching a city-wide initiative aimed at creating open access and equity for the 270,000 youth ages 13-19, connecting them to Chicago's wealth of live performances for only $5 cash. This $5 Teen Ticket Initiative enables all teens to purchase available day-of-show tickets to music venues, theaters, and other cultural institutions at an extreme discount, effectively providing a passport to the city's cultural treasures. This program will be made available to every teen regardless of their neighborhood, gender, ethnicity, and economic status. Through this initiative, youth will be empowered as new arts consumers while arts partners cultivate a new and important audience segment, filling houses with future audience members and arts advocates. This mutually beneficial program has the vast potential to play a critical role in future sustainability for Chicago's arts and culture sector while providing Chicago teens with the opportunity to experience the magic of live performance.

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