If you didn't already know it, courageous heARTS is something special. One of the things that makes us particularly unique is that the organization is led collaboratively by youth and adults. Our "adult board" provides the legal oversight all nonprofits are required to maintain and partners with our "youth board" to maintain our mission and vision. Our Youth Advisory Board is a standing committee written into the bylaws of the organization and we have adopted a youth-adult co-chair model that ensures all decisions are made with youth, rather than about them. Adults bring their experience from the "adult world" and youth bring their experience of youth hood. Together we learn from one another and have created a leadership structure that is equitable and honors the wisdom we all hold from our unique perspectives in the world.
"heARTS isn't a place that teaches you how to paint a watercolor tree. It's a place that gives you the watercolors so you can paint whatever kind of tree you want." -Toni
My favorite part of heARTS is the overall energy and atmosphere! I always get excited when I walk into the space and kind of long for it when I’m not there, especially when I have been away for a long period of time. - Larry