A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is a nationally recognized organization based in National City of San Diego County that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids. We believe in the therapeutic powers of the arts, but we are not clinical art therapists. We use all forms of art as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting change and transformation in children and youth facing major life challenges.
A Reason To Survive (ARTS)
By providing a sequential program model of therapeutic arts programs, arts education, and college & career preparation, we provide a one-stop-shop for youth to move from crisis to college or career. We provide Direct Services to youth, Support Services to like-minded individuals and organizations, and Advocacy to community stakeholders and leaders about the importance of arts programming for youth.
Free for those who qualify.
ARTS serves individual children ages 5-19 who are facing challenges and adversities such as homelessness, bullying, having a parent in the military, mental health challenges, autism, bereavement, domestic violence, challenges with sexual and/or gender identity, chronic illness, etc. Referral from a therapist, doctor, or school counselor is required. Application available on website.
Types of Needs:
Activities, Outpatient Services for Mental Health, Recreation Centers
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We do not endorse any specific organization listed nor are we responsible for ensuring the quality of the services listed. Users should always select services at their own discretion. Additionally, this information is subject to change as funding for programs can shift over time, though we do our very best to keep the resource center as up-to-date as possible.