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Give the Gift of No-Cost Art, Dance, Music & Theater Classes Today!

End Year 2018 - Be a Youth Arts Hero!

"If you give a child one gift, let it be the Arts" – Donna Berg

Dear Youth Arts Hero,

YOU can make a positive impact today in the lives of local youth! If you have visited Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation (PRYAF) or been an audience member at a play or performance, you know that PRYAF is an important resource — a home for the arts and for students. Please join us in supporting PRYAF, the best of community-funded youth arts!

Each year, PRYAF welcomes all students (5-18 years old), who wish to enroll, from all neighborhoods and walks of life, in their choice of 45 FREE Visual & Performing Arts Classes per week. Together, we can inspire young people who may not have the opportunity to be enriched by the arts without PRYAF.

In the Spirit of "I Can!" please consider a gift which supports almost 400 currently enrolled students from across San Luis Obispo County and beyond.

Featured Student - Elizabeth

Sometimes the human impact of discovering confidence and community through the arts is more important than we as adults even know. Through Art, Theater, Music, and Dance, mentorships and friendships, we see students come alive and negative influences and insecurities falling away. Some days are difficult for so many reasons and on those days, we need to lean on our community the most. For our students, community is here at PRYAF and when she found it, it was a life-changing experience for a student named Elizabeth. Here is her story..

Elizabeth pictured as the "Bearded Lady" in "This is Me" Performed at the 2018 Dining with the Arts Gala - "Le Cirque des Arts"

What PRYAF Means To Me

"My name is Elizabeth and I am 15 years old. I have been at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation for almost 5 years now and it has helped me get through so much. When I was in 5th grade, I was in a really dark place in my life. Since I was little nobody has really understood me. I had been severely bullied and I was extremely depressed. I have been in the performing arts since I was 2 and after being bullied, I had lost interest in the things I loved the most. One day my mom signed me up for a ballet class, and I didn't think much of it. The day came and I went to class, and I ended up liking it. I was in the ballet class for about a year and I asked my mom if she could sign me up for drama classes. I loved it so much! At that time of my life I felt like I found myself again. I started to do shows with PRYAF and I felt like I had found the one thing that made me happy in my life. I even ventured out to Band Class! A few years later, I am now a freshman now and I am in performances on a regular basis. I have truly found my love for musical theater. I am still in ballet, drama and band classes! I am wanting to be in musical theater for my career, and that is all because of the gifts of PRYAF. I truly feel so blessed to have such an amazing place to express myself and make great friends!"

At PRYAF, we believe the arts are vital to the cognitive growth of our children's development, along with helping general education needs. Through long-term engagement, our teachers have observed students from underprivileged families, special needs, and even emotional matters progressively heal after joining our program. It is our students' internal strength that allows them to shine. PRYAF teachers are not only talented artists and performers, but mentors who share their life's passion for theater, piano, guitar, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, breakdance, art, voice, songwriting, and much more.

Please Support our Mission To enrich the lives of area youth with FREE, after-school classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment.

Your gift will be used wisely, and YOU can be proud to help share the wondrous possibilities that an arts education offers. Imagine the cost of private piano, guitar or ballet lessons. Sadly, the arts are often simply out of reach for many of our community's children, but the negative influences on the streets are not. The reality is that without PRYAF, our talented students would not have a home in which to perform and create.

Can we count on your vital support today, as a Youth Arts Hero? All donations are 100% tax deductible and can be made online today through this secure site.

In the Spirit of "I Can!" thank you for your generosity.

Emily Jagger, Director of Development

805-238-5825 x15

PRYAF is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization Tax ID # 77-0488880