OUR STORIES: Raw Art Works

Improving Relationships Through Quality Based Practices

Kit Jenkins, Executive Director, Raw Art Works

At Raw Art Works, we use art as a means to engage young people and create a culture where youth feel welcomed, connected, and committed to our community. Our staff and community volunteers build meaningful relationships to help support young people. Our kids tells us that when you walk into RAW for the first time, you want to belong here. Through our Project Launch mentoring program, we pair high school artists from Lynn with one-on-one mentors who support them as they navigate career options or begin to apply for college or financial aid.

We recently embarked on a new initiative with all of our first-year college students. We hope to better prepare incoming college freshmen to succeed and embody RAW’s long-term outcomes of resiliency, self-efficacy, and community engagement. Through this program, called FLY, we focus on student finances, life after high school and the paths the students hope to take, which could be career or academically based.

In 2016, we were honored to become a Partner level member in Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Quality Based Membership program. Through the QBM process, we were able to work with MMP staff to ensure that we have policies and practices in place to make our relationships with the young people we serve as strong and resilient as they can be.

We were also thrilled last year that one of our RAW mentees, Ray Carela, was chosen to receive MMP’s $20,000 KELLY Award scholarship. The award will provide Ray with the resources he needs to go on to college and pursue his artistic dreams.