FOGG’s Youth Conservatory takes on the crucial mission of empowering youth with valuable skills of self-expression, self-confidence, public speaking, problem solving, comfort and ease in their bodies, and communication and literacy skills. We believe that when given the right opportunities to achieve these attributes (through fun and engaging classes and performances), the youth of our programs will flourish both academically and socially, as well as artistically. By learning about their Bay Area community through stories, and more importantly, by telling their own stories as Bay Area natives, we believe our students will feel a sense of belonging and purpose, and will go on to become our leaders and community-builders of the future. FOGG’s Youth Conservatory seeks to eventually expand its programs to include English language learners, as well as youth facing learning and behavioral differences. Research shows that by providing a unique method of self-expression through music, dance, and theatre, students often transcend language and learning challenges and learn to shine on a completely new level.
FOGG Youth Conservatory History
FOGG Youth Conservatory was founded February 2013, when it began its pilot program at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) in North Beach, San Francisco, serving youth ages K-5th grade in singing, dancing, and acting instruction. Over the past several years, the Youth Conservatory has expanded to offer summer camps and full-scale youth productions, performed by kids for kids. We partner with existing community organizations to tell our stories, and have have worked directly with over 650 students city-wide, reaching another 575 more youth and their families through our youth performances. In Spring of 2017, we will be producing our third full-scale youth musical, an original piece by our Artistic Director, Tony Asaro, Flocked Together: The Green Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
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