“Growing Stronger Together” hears the voice of local high school students

Growing Stronger Together, a focus group with approximately 20 local high school students organized by ArtsRising, the Greater Philadelphia Culture Alliance (GPCA) and PhillyRising, convened at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania building on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

The students were asked the following 3 main questions:  1) What are you involved in after school?; 2) What would you like to see available to you after school? 3) What are the best ways to let you know what’s going on?

While some of the students said they were involved in clubs and sports, others said that very little was available to them, especially in the short time frame they had given the length of their commute on public transportation. One student said that her commute home can routinely take up to two hours, which eliminates the option of most after school activities for her. Other students noted that after school time is when “arguments and fights happen” and affordable opportunities to participate in clubs performance groups, lounges that promote the arts and even career prep would be welcome and well attended.

The convening today kicked off of an ongoing series of monthly meetings about arts education that will be facilitated by ArtsRising. For more information, contact