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The Art Fouryouth program teaches a wide variety of aspects of photography and digital art. After teaching our students the basic camera fundamentals, we give our students insight into the various stages of professional production such as design, art direction, post-production and printing.

Our students get acquainted with a wide variety of the artistic professions and crafts associated with advertising, introducing them to career options they otherwise might not have even considered. ART Fouryouth effectively also functions as a talent scout. If we find a dedicated student with raw talent we will direct our efforts towards landing this student an internship at one of our professional connections.

The artwork produced by students gets exhibited in the many Fouryouth shows we organize. This gives the the students an extra incentive, as well as a sense of accomplishment. The art shows are also great family events for the students by inviting their family to show off the amazing artwork they created during class!

Every child learns differently, and Fouryouth Productions will work with our students to provide a creative outlet, opening their minds to alternative careers. Underprivileged youth strongly benefit from visual art, aiding in the development of critical thinking and cognitive skills.  Low-income students who participate in the arts are four times more likely to obtain academic achievement and twice as likely to graduate college*. Additionally, studies have found that 8th graders from under resourced environments who are highly involved in the arts have better grades, are less likely to drop out by grade 10, have more positive attitudes about school, and are more likely to go on to college.

*(Catterall, J. (2009). Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art. I-Group Books)

Students who participate in Science4youth have the opportunity to explore various advanced scientific fields. We use a hands-on approach and conduct scientific experiments in class to teach biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, neuroscience and food science.

Our classes enhance our students’ understanding of how science relates to their everyday life. We also invite guest speakers to our class from various scientific fields such as engineering, chemistry and entomology, exposing students to careers in the scientific indusrty.  By focusing on the visual aspects of science we increase the academic knowledge and outcome of our students.

Fouryouth Productions is passionate about presenting and relating science to our students’ daily lives in a way that is fun and engaging.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a study, testing a population of 8th graders in science from all 50 states in the U.S. Fifty-eight percent of African Americans and fifty percent of Hispanics in Delaware scored below basic achievement levels in science. Extracurricular activities in science for underprivileged youth are not only beneficial but also necessary if we want our student to excel on a national level

Our Cooking4youth culinary arts program is focused on low cost, nutritious and easy to prepare recipes. A unique aspect of Cooking 4youth is that we do not require the use of a stove or oven enabling us to teach in a regular classroom setting..

Once a month parents or guardians are invited for a “Cooking Together” class to promote preparing and eating meals as a family. Students will have the opportunity to prepare over 50 recipes that include cuisines from around the world introducing them to new tastes and cultures. We educate our students in nutrition, mathematics, following directions and self-sufficiency.

Delaware is the 20th most obese state in the U.S. for children with a childhood obesity tae of 32%,. (Alliance for a Healthier Generation). Our Cooking 4youth class teaches nutritious and affordable eating while finding ways to make eating vegetables tasty and fun! However, that is not all we focus on. Our Cooking Together classes teaches families how fun it is to cook and enjoy meals together. In 1970, Americans spent only 26 percent of their food budget on eating out. By 2010, that number increased to 41 percent. (New York Times, Pay People to Cook at Home, May 2013). 46 percent of families surveyed by the NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, said eating together is difficult to do on a regular basis.

According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, kids and teens who share family dinners three or more times per week:
•    Are less likely to be overweight
•    Are more likely to eat healthy food
•    Perform better academically
•    Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
•    Have better relationships with their parents